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Life Balance: Ways Embracing Nature Can Enhance Your Life

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Ways Embracing Nature Can Enhance Your Life

Getting Outdoors Can Improve Your Overall Health and Wellness

by J.M. Troppello

I have always loved being out in nature. Those times outside have been relaxing for me and nourishing my soul. On days when I was in a bad mood, going outside to get some fresh air, recharged me.

I love to take walks, go on hikes with family and friends, and simply sit outside on my deck, enjoying the natural surroundings.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

When you spend time outdoors, that can help to enhance your overall health and wellness. You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. Your entire 3-part being can benefit from time spent outside enjoying nature.

Consider the following benefits of spending time in natural settings.

1. Decreases Depression and Relieves Stress

According to clinical mental health counselor, Dr. Susanne Preston from South University in Virginia Beach, “Being outside and spending time in nature is good for a person’s mental health, as it allows them to de-stress due to the positive effects of increased exposure to sunlight.”

If you can spend time outside each day, that can benefit your health and decrease levels of depression in your life. Exposure to the sun increases your vitamin D levels. Dr. Preston explained that, “Increased vitamin D levels can help to elevate your mood.”

2. Improves Health and Boosts Mood

Matthew White from the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter conducted a study of 20,000 people. The study results explained that, “People who spent approximately two hours per week in a natural environment or green space experienced improved health and psychological well-being.”

The study further explained that, “While the quantity and quality of evidence vary across outcomes, living in greener areas is associated with lower probabilities of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma hospitalization, mental distress, and can lower the risk of obesity and myopia.”

Get Out to Enjoy Nature

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature, and God.” – Anne Frank

There are so many things to do in nature.

Jimmie Quick shares some excellent tips for nature lovers—and for those who are just starting out. You can read more about them in his article, 100 Things to Do Before, During, or After a Nature Walk.

For example, he suggests a few things you can do before taking a nature walk.

“You can make a pond viewer, make a butterfly feeder, or make a juice bottle bug catcher.”

Many of his suggestions are family-friendly and great for outdoor activities for families with kids.

Improve your overall health and wellness by spending time outdoors.

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About the Author

J.M. Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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