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  • 7 Benefits of Being in Nature

  • It’s not just a myth, being in nature really is good for you! Stressful environments can leave us feeling anxious, sad, or helpless, in turn elevating blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension and suppressing the immune system. Pleasing and soothing environments reverse these negative effects. Here’s why it’s helpful to spend time outdoors.

    1. A Sense of Calm

    Being outdoors allows us to experience nature first hand. Feeling the light morning breeze on a hot summer’s day or hearing the ocean waves crash into the sandy shore can reduce anger, fear, and stress in the body, while increasing pleasant feelings. Reduced stress can lead to reduced health risks by lowering your heart rate or eliminating stress-induced migraines.

    2. You Feel Happier

    Nature provides peace, beauty, and a space to reflect and rejuvenate. Especially in the spring, being outdoors and observing all the newly-blooming flowers is a beautiful scene. You get to relax the mind and focus on nature’s simple creations: blooming flowers, freshly fallen snow, or the birds chirping. Your mental health can also benefit when you feel happier enjoying life’s simple pleasures, as it can lighten feelings of depression and isolation.

    3. Better Concentration

    Your concentration abilities can improve when you take a break in nature because your brain is given a well-needed break. We recommend focusing on your surroundings and enjoying the beauty which is the outdoors. Put your phone on silent, forget about the emails for while, and focus on what Mother Earth has to offer. Separating oneself from society’s constant noise even for 15 minutes can help clear your mind, enhance your focus, and refresh you for new tasks.

    4. Strengthens Your Immune System

    Studies have shown that taking relaxing nature walks can help with the function of our nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. The good things we see, hear, and experience in nature can boost our mood while also reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.

    5. It Prompts Weight Loss

    While merely being outdoors won’t help you drop a few extra pounds, outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or surfing can certainly help. Fresh air and some rays of sunshine paired with some enjoyable physical activity will help your body stay healthy.

    6. Feeling More Connected

    Being outdoors helps people feel more present. Since much of our time today is spent behind a computer screen or in front of the TV, going into nature helps us reconnect with the world around us and fosters a sense of community between individuals.

    7. Increased Vitamin D Production

    Spending time in the sun helps your body create vitamin D — a vitamin that studies have shown may help prevent cancer, osteoporosis, and heart attacks. You can boost your well-being just by spending time in the sun!

    Chiro-Health Inc. hopes these benefits of being in nature encourage you to take some time to enjoy the outdoors. As always, check with your trusted chiropractor if chiropractic adjustments are right for you. Choose chiropractic before medication and surgery and visit our website, like us on Facebook, Instagram, or call us for an appointment.

    Sources: 1) https://selecthealth.org/blog/2019/07/10-reasons-why-being-in-nature-is-good-for-you 2) https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing