During this time of pandemic, we are all doing our part to keep ourselves and each other healthy. While this isolation changes our lives and creates new stresses, a source for great healing can be found in our own backyard.
Looking at nature, spending time in nature and, yes, even playing in the dirt all have benefits for our health and well-being
There are many studies and the results impressive.
- 30 minutes in nature every week reduces blood pressure and relieves depression
- Looking at nature distracts us from discomfort and pain
- Nature triggers the parts of our brain associated with empathy and love making us feel more connected to one another and to something larger than ourselves
- Children who spend time in nature show increased self-esteem
- Simple gardening activities, like digging, counteract the physiological effects of stress, restore our attention and revive our mood
- Friendly bacteria found in soil act like an antidepressant activating the production of serotonin in our brain cells
Nature is great medicine. Write yourself a prescription today for more time in your backyard!