Oftentimes, when someone is struggling with mental or physical health issues, they turn to medication immediately. Of course, this is all fine and good, but we ignore one of the most basic, free thing around us which has a healing quality: nature. The confirmed health benefits of nature are many and there’s still so much we don’t know about its effects on us. A recent article by Nature revealed that spending mere minutes–30 to be exact–has the power to significantly improve your health.
What are the health benefits of nature?
Studies have shown that there’s a wealth of health benefits of nature waiting right in our backyards–or local parks, if you’re in the city. These benefits can be anything from reducing stress, depression, and anxiety to increasing resilience, engagement in learning for students, self-esteem, and social skills. It’s also been shown that children and adults who live in urban opposed to rural areas have higher stress levels–but this can be shifted by spending time in nature.
It’s easy and free
“If everyone visited their local parks for half an hour each week there would be seven percent fewer cases of depression and nine percent fewer cases of high blood pressure.” —Medical News Today
According to the study, you don’t have to spend an insane amount of time in nature, which is good news because parents and students rarely have that much time on their hands. It only takes 30 minutes to reap the health benefits of nature. This could be taking a stroll through the local park, taking a hike near your house, or taking photos of beautiful flowers in a garden.
We need more nature in our lives
With work, school, and other activities, it’s hard to find the time to ever be outside. Many people spend don’t spend even close to half an hour of time outside, and that small time is usually walking from work or school to a vehicle. Because there are so many health benefits of nature available, it would be in your family’s best interest to take a break, get outside, and let nature boost your energy, alertness, and creativity.
This is especially important for children. Not only does it build a connection with the Earth–the home to us all–and create a respect for our environment, but it actually benefits their overall mental and physical health. I think that’s pretty hard to argue with.