Nature is good for your inner space too
Logically speaking, most of us expect nature to have a positive effect on our physical state. However, it can also play an important role on our inner well being too. There’s also an enormous mental health benefit to being surrounded by nature, open spaces, trees and greenery, and other people who love nature too. All the studies show it; doctors recommend it; people who live close to parks, trails, and open spaces report higher levels of overall happiness. If you don’t believe us, check out the blue zones – places where life expectancy is the highest. Whether, oceans, mountains, grasslands or village communities, the elements of nature are close to people living in these zones.
Interacting with open spaces has been shown to improve sleep patterns, and enhance creativity, according to the National Wildlife Federation – probably why artists tend to search for places close nature, yet far from the humdrum for their creative capabilities to bloom. Additionally, studies have shown that taking walks in nature can decrease depression and anxiety by as much as 71%!
People who mingle with nature, even in a small urban park or a backyard garden, are more likely to be calm and relaxed than those who don’t. Nature has a positive effect on mental health—it helps treat depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline in older adults. And if we’re all healthier—inside and out—we’re better equipped to do good for others.