Most of us find ourselves saying those three little words "I'm too busy" on a daily basis, rushing around from one activity to the next, smart phone in hand, stress levels through the roof. It's not surprising that we have disconnected from nature and in turn, we've lost touch with nature's beautiful rhythm.
Re-establishing a connection with Mother Earth and the world around you is crucial to your health & happiness. It's proven that people who spend less time indoors and more time out in nature are less stressed, more energized and in-the-flow!
Here are 3 reasons why you should stop what you're doing and get outside to reconnect with nature immediately:
1. Beat The Blues
Just being out in nature does your mind, body and soul some good. People living in urban environments with less green space around them have a higher prevalence for anxiety disorder and depression. No green space nearby? Researchers in England have found that joggers who exercise in a natural setting with trees, foliage and landscape views feel more restored and less angry & stressed-out than those runners who who burn the same amount of calories running on treadmills or working out in a gym. So even if you have to drive a few miles to find a little green (or an ocean view), it's worth it!
2. The Sunshine Vitamin
While there are many theories as to why being in nature makes us healthier, one leading cause is that being outside increases our vitamin D intake. Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D. How important is the sunshine vitamin to your health? Scientific evidence shows that a lack of vitamin D leads to health problems such as hormonal issues, inflammation, obesity and a weakened immune system. Because sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D and most of us are deficient in it, increase your daily intake by soaking up some rays!
3. Restore & Refresh
You know that feeling where your brain seems to be stuttering, like an engine that's running out of gas, the tank is running on fumes and you try and speak but can't get a whole sentence out? Researchers call that "mental fatigue". Our society is burdened with it because we are on information overload all day long. Our relationship with nature has been overcome by our relationship to technology. It's time to unplug and press the resent button.. Studies have found that people's energy bounced back even just by looking at a picture of nature! The beauty of nature can elicit feelings of awe, ignite peace within you, inspire you to make positive changes in your life, and restore your mind's thought processes to a higher level of thinking.
(Sign me up for all of that!)
What's your favorite outdoor activity? How does it make you feel? Comment below and share how you connect with nature to inspire others to do the same!
Tammy Fodrey & Biopharma Scientific