Nature is one of the best weapons for fighting a down or depressed mood. When you are feeling depressed or stuck in a rut, the balance of nature helps to calm you down. By simply stepping out into the grass, you can find a sense of peace otherwise lost in between walls and manufactured environments.
Mother Nature has therapeutic effects on the human body. Humans crave a connection with nature that dates back to the very first humans who lived amongst lush forests, tropical gardens growing abundantly, and wild animals running free. People walked around engaging with nature, touching the leaves on the trees, walking barefoot through the grass. Man has found solace in nature for many centuries.
When was the last time you spent quality time in nature? Nature is like a best friend; it will always be there, even when you aren’t available. Nature will always be open to playing and spending time with you, even when it isn’t convenient for you. Imagine if you treat nature with the same respect that you do a best friend. Why not make nature your new BFF?
The benefits of spending a little time outside are tremendous. For starters it gives you a natural high. Smelling the fresh morning air and feeling the cool breeze is one simple way to feel alive and fully in your body. If we started each morning with a breath of fresh air before we even checked email, brushed teeth, or ate breakfast, we would see immediate returns on this simple activity.
Wake up each morning, step outside, and breathe in all of life. Listen to the birds greeting you, feel the warm sun shine down on your cheeks, balanced with the cool morning breeze. Breathe in and out for a few minutes and start your day fresh. Nature has played an integral role in the quest for happiness and personal fulfillment of many historical figures such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Muir, and Charles Darwin. Frank Lloyd Wright (1867- 1959), architect and philosopher, advised, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Becoming one with nature can also help reduce stress.
Use windows to relieve stress. A study established that a view of nature, even through a window, speeds recovery from surgery, improves work performance, and increases job satisfaction. Choose to embrace nature. Sit by a window, or set up your desk outside on the deck to breathe in fresh air. Take mini recess breaks to literally go outside and play with the earth.
Nature will reward you in many ways. First, it will provide an instant upgrade of your mood to feeling more, calm, balanced, and at peace. Being in nature also gives us a sense of connectedness, meaning, and purpose. There is a sense of chaotic order in the way nature works; the plants and animals are interconnected in a series of complex relationships. Everything coexists in nature without the necessity of outside intervention. It is a brilliant system that has existed successfully since the beginning of time, providing a sense of structure, coherence, and reliability.
Realizing that human beings are an essential component of this larger structure can supply a sense of purpose and belonging. Respect and enjoyment of nature also leads to a sense of spirituality and an appreciation for powers larger than oneself. The wilderness teaches that each individual is unique, but also part of the larger whole. In a world bogged down by social, economical and cultural pressures, standards of conduct, and the demands of others, nature gives people a chance to appreciate a grander sense that the world is alive, fascinating,
It is important to see nature in stressful situations, that is why many doctors and dentists will have windows in their health office. Says Doctor Jack Jorgensen, a General Dentist in Vancouver, Washington.