The Value of Time Spent in Nature
wan·der: ˈwändər verb: walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way.
How walking in nature helps your mood
"Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." -John Muir There is something to be said for spending time in nature. Studies have shown that the more time we spend outside connecting to nature the more room we have to relax and create ourselves. We as human-beings are creators. We invent, we discover, we paint, draw, and share ourselves through art. Nature inspires us all to be creative. Spending just 30 minutes walking outside can improve the cardiovascular system, central nervous system, as well as our mental state. We were born onto this Earth, our Mother, with the gift of her beauty. It is all around us everyday. In the grasses, flowers, trees, and weeds! I challenge you to stop and choose to see one beautiful thing in nature today. Is it a flower growing on the sidewalk? Or the way the wind blows the leaves on the trees? Perhaps it is a tiny stream that you never noticed before. All of these things will instantly change your mood. They will stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is the state in which we can rest and digest. While in this state we have the ability to take in our surroundings, be more conscious of our breathing, and appreciate more out of life. During our daily lives we experience so much stress and strain. Driving in traffic, dealing with bosses or pressure at work can be hard to deal with. So, it is important to shut off those receptors. I don't mean just to veg out in front of the television! I mean do something for yourself. Get outside! Sit in your back yard and watch the birds, or water your garden. Get your hands dirty improving your life. I guarantee that you will start to feel better!