When we think of “being healthy” we tend to focus on the quality of our diet and exercise. We often believe that if we perfect our diet and exercise routine, then optimal health (and a slimmer waistline) will surely follow.
Think of the moments in your life when you’ve been outdoors or in a serene garden and felt uplifted and soothed by the sound of the wind in the trees and the crisp smell of leaves and fresh earth. Experiencing these profound moments of peace, happiness, or wellness in nature is a universal event and shows that contact with nature is an integral part of our wellbeing as humans.
Our relationship with nature is a fundamental component of maintaining good health. But in a world where many of us work indoors, have busy schedules and spend more time on screens, we can forget to go out and spend time in nature.
There are little changes we can make to encourage us to spend more time in and with nature which will help to boost our overall health and wellbeing.
- Exercise outside – Take a stroll at your local park, do your yoga session out in the backyard or go for a bike ride.
- Go for a walk at lunchtime – A brisk walk during your lunch break can be a great way to give your mind a break, let go of any stress and help you refocus for the afternoon.
- Walk or cycle – Rather than just hopping in your car when you need to go somewhere, consider walking or cycling instead, especially for any short trips.
- Beach and bush – We’re never far from the beach or bush in Australia so try to spend an hour or so every week in a place where you are actually surrounded by nature. Just sit and relax, read or go for a walk. You will be amazed by the results.
- Grow an indoor garden – Studies show that indoor plants can boost mood, improve air quality, and reduce anxiety and fatigue.
Our relationship with nature is a vital component of our wellbeing and one often neglected due to the pressures of modern life, but by making small changes to our lives we can begin the transition back to natural health.