Ask yourself, how much time do you spend outside in nature? Probably very little and our busy lifestyle is to blame. When I thought about it, I remembered the last time I went outdoors in the yard was when I was buying an outdoor sign. That was work related, too.
There are numerous studies which show that spending time in the woods improves your mental health, blood pressure and even reduces the chances of developing cancer. It is important that you take some time from your busy routine and get outdoors. There are plenty of reasons backed by science that suggest you should enjoy the natural world. So let’s hear it why is it important to spend time in nature:
- It improves your short-term memory
Believe it or not, walking in nature improves your memory. A study on depressed individuals revealed that walks in the woods boot working memory more as compared to walks in an urban environment. If you are just looking for an opportunity to enlighten your mood, go ahead, walk in a park and experience the change.
- It reduces inflammation
Lots of individuals these days are complaining about inflammation. It is a serious concern because once it goes into overdrive, it can cause a lot of problems such as depression, autoimmune diseases, and even cancer. Spending time in the forest or someplace close to nature can reduce the inflammation level. The woods have a positive effect on the hypertension level, too.
- It eliminates fatigue
Do you feel that your brain is not working? This is a sign that you are in mental fatigue. The best way to give your mind a break is to expose yourself to a restorative environment. Even looking at the pictures of nature can help your brain relax. Natural beauty makes you overwhelmed with joy. This is by far the best way of experiencing mental boost.
- It protects your vision
Sitting in front of the computer all day long has an adverse effect on your vision. Then when you go home, you are either busy scrolling something on your smartphone or watching TV. It seems like we are hooked to screens. Did you know that outdoor activity can protect your eyes and reduce the risk of developing myopia? If you feel like you are developing nearsightedness, start spending more time outdoors. Your eyes need a break from artificial light just as much your brain does. Let yourself enjoy the benefits of natural sunlight. Go out and spend some time in nature.
- It boosts immunity
There are several studies in which scientists were able to find that when you spend more time in your natural surroundings (parks, forests or a place where there are trees) this increases your immune function. The chemicals that plants release are meant to protect them from insects and the weather. It turns out the same chemicals are beneficial for humans being.
You wouldn’t want to miss out on these benefits, right? So what are waiting for? Spend more time outdoors starting today!