I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels rejuvenated when I am surrounded by nature, whether that’s farm fields, lakes or mountains. But, for most of us, we’re busy with relationships, work, house work and hobbies, it can be nearly impossible to get outside and enjoy mother nature.
One of the many reasons for deciding to move to Vancouver was our need for being in nature. Living in Toronto it felt like we were in a literal concrete jungle and it was affecting our physical and mental wellbeing.
Too much indoor time can have a negative impact on your health, so we’ve learned to enjoy the days when we get to go outside and explore nature.
Here are 5 reasons why you should spend time in nature.
1. Stress levels will go down.
Numerous studies have shown this but I’m sure you’ve also experienced this. Sometimes it’s literally physical where your shoulders go down, your breathing slows and you’re getting more oxygen to your body.
2. Vitamin D is essential to your health and can be found in sunshine.
We all know vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin. It can be found in small doses in food or fortified in food but your best bet to get your vitamin D is through direct sunlight. You don’t need much sunlight even in northern countries like Canada to get your vitamin D. Studies of vitamin D has shown that it is one way to keep away cancer and possibly Alzheimers.
3. You’ll sleep better.
If you live in a colder climate you know this is true, because the first day you spend outside after a long winter you sleep SO well. Being outside in nature helps your circadian rhythms.
4. You’ll have more energy.
Studies have shown that being in nature helps ward off feelings of exhaustion, and that 90 percent of people report increased energy when they’re enjoying outdoor activities.
5. You’ll boost your immune system.
This one was a surprising one for me to discover. Researchers found that participants participants inhaled the natural “phytoncides” in the air—particles of a-pinene and limonene from the wood of the forest trees—their blood tests showed increased activity of natural killer cells. The effects were still there even after 30 days.
For us, being in nature has helped our physical and mental wellbeing and the studies show we aren’t alone!
So tell me, how often do you get outside? What stops you from getting out in nature? Do you feel better when you go outside in nature?