Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behavior, helping us to reduce anxiety, brooding, and stress, and increase our attention capacity, creativity, and our ability to connect with other people.
1. Being in nature decreases stress.
2. Nature makes you happier and less brooding.
3. Nature relieves attention fatigue and increases creativity.
4. Nature may help you to be kind and generous.
5. Nature makes you “feel more alive”.
Read more about the incredible benefits of nature!
Mindful.org reports that, "In nature, things are always shifting, growing, and renewing. And so are we, even when it may seem like we’re spinning our wheels. Reconnecting to this wisdom can be as simple as admiring a new flower bud on your houseplant, or as involved as taking an “awe walk” through a park: We hit the pause button and bathe our bodies and minds in growing, green things. Here are 3 ways to appreciate nature while freshening your perspective."
1) As you hurry out the door, ground yourself in the moment. Often, we habitually rush between destinations without much awareness. This walking meditation offers 4 steps to notice your environment along the way.
2) Get inspired by nature from wherever you are right now. Whether you’re on the bus or cozy on the couch, awaken your sense of wonder with this virtual guided meditation: a 360° awe walk.
3) Find a trail or walking path and spend some time in nature. Next time you’re out on a longer walk, try some of these 10 tips to engage all of your senses and fully experience nature.
If you didn't feel inspired by our surroundings before I hope you do now! This past weekend I enjoyed the majestic Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve for the first time. Definitely took my breathe away multiple times throughout the hike and just like the research states, I felt more relaxed, happier, inspired, and invigorated after my walk!
Here’s hoping you all find moments to enjoy being mindful in nature this week. And below are some of my pictures of the beautiful Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve!
Stay Healthy, Chaps!