It’s difficult in today’s world to remember that you are surrounded by beautiful landscapes. With technology where it’s at, most people spend their days staring at screens. Whether it’s because they are working or they’re on social media sites, the average person in America spends 7.6 hours a day staring at screens. I’m sure this is no different in most other large countries too. Therefore, I think it’s time for us as humans to get back to our roots and start spending more time with nature.
If you’re like me, then you love to be outside and surrounded by beautiful trees and green landscapes. I find walking on a path encompassed by towering trees to be one of the most relaxing activities I could possible do. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I try to go hiking or drive to waterfalls as much as possible to surround myself with nature and soak in all that it has to offer.
One of my favorite benefits of being out in nature is breathing in actual fresh air. It’s so nice to feel the oxygen flowing through your body and knowing that you’re being cleansed by the air. Breathing fresh air also improves our respiratory system, which your organs will be thanking you for. Plus, don’t you just love that fresh air smell?
Surrounding yourself with nature has also been scientifically proven to reduce stress. Along with breathing in fresh air, it’s fairly difficult to think about the pressing issues in your life that are causing you stress while walking through a forest. At the University of Exeter Medical School in England, scientists have conducted studies on how living location effects mental health in people and found that people who live near greener spaces have less mental distress. This is also after adjusting for education, income, and employment.
On top of being less stressed out and happier, encompassing yourself in nature will also make you healthier. For one, if you are within a forest or around green landscapes, you are probably exercising by hiking, walking, running, swimming, or climbing. This means you are strengthening your cardiovascular system while simultaneously building muscle and burning fat. Secondly, you are most likely going to be soaking up some Vitamin D, which is vital for a healthy immune and nervous system.
Still not convinced to go out and explore? Studies have also shown that you get a boost of energy during the day when immersing yourself in nature, but you also sleep better during the night. Also, it has been proven that patients who have a view of greenery out their windows, have an accelerated recovery time from illnesses/surgeries.
So what are you waiting for?! Go outside and explore, hike, climb, run, swim, and live a happier, healthier life with the beautiful views and smells our planet has to offer!