Luckily science has been increasingly backing up the positive ways in which body and mind respond to nature. I am sure there are even more benefits than we know so far, but here is the latest research update:
– Better moods positively correlates with an increase exposure to sunlight
– Spending time in nature increases Vitamin D, which not only plays a role in mood regulation but can also decrease our risk of developing heart disease and the flu.
– Being on nature lowers our risk of getting sick due to indoor pollutants
– Spending time in nature has been linked to numerous positive mental traits, such as improved attention span, boosts in serotonin, and increased activity in areas of the brain associated with love and empathy
– Being in nature shows decreased activity in region of brain associated with depression and anxiety
– Spending time in nature shows decreased stress hormones and increased „healing hormones”
– Children exposed to the natural world showed increases in self-esteem
– Nature can significantly improve the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), providing a calming influence and helping them concentrate
– Exposure to nature reduces hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure), respiratory tract and cardiovascular illnesses; improve vitality and mood; benefit issues of mental wellbeing such as anxiety; and restore attention capacity and mental fatigue. – Feeling a part of nature has been shown to significantly correlate with life satisfaction, vitality, meaningfulness, happiness, mindfulness, and lower cognitive anxiety.