Spring is here! The days are getting longer, the weather is getting a little warmer and we’re not afraid to leave the house without our heavy coats (sometimes). If you’re trapped in a job where you rarely get outside, it can be difficult to appreciate the benefits of getting outdoors in a natural environment.
Here are some reasons why spending time in nature can benefit your health:
Everybody experiences stress in life, and according to the American Heart Association, spending more time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety. Spending all your time in an urban environment can over-stimulate your mind. Nature is tranquil and peaceful, allowing you time to reflect in a quiet environment.
Lower Blood Pressure
According to studies, spending more time outdoors can lead to lower blood pressure and spending more time in green space can make us feel healthier. One study of 280 participants in Japan found that a walk in the forest lowered participants’ average pulse by almost 4% and blood pressure by just over 2%.
Improve Ability to Focus and Improve Memory
Is your mind frequently worrying or wandering after long hours spent in the office? Are you becoming more forgetful? You could be nature-deprived! One study found that spending time in nature can boost your short-term memory and that natural environments restore mental energy. A study conducted by the University of Michigan divided students into two groups and gave them both memory tests. After the test, one group walked around city streets and the other group walked through an arboretum. When the students returned and took the test again, participants’ who walked around the arboretum did almost 20% better than they did the first time. The participants who took in the city sights did not improve.
Improved Immune System and Reduced Inflammation
It might sound a little gross but being exposed to the bacterium that are present in nature can benefit your immune system and fight inflammation. It is believed that organic compounds are released by trees and they could be responsible for improving our health when out in nature.
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