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The Benefits of Nature

by Nancy Hightower - April 27, 2022

It has long been the case that when people aren’t feeling well, when they need a break from work or need a getaway, they choose to reconnect with nature. Many go camping, spend time in their garden, go for a walk or hike…the relaxation possibilities are endless.

Why is it that getting outside is such a common way to “get away” or “take a break?” What is it about nature that calms and refreshes us?

Studies show that time in nature has many positive health benefits, a few are:

  1. Lowering blood pressure.
  2. Boosting your immune system.
  3. Reducing stress.
  4. Improving sleep.
  5. Increasing your ability to focus
  6. Improving your mood.
  7. Increasing your energy levels

It has also been found that living in a greener urban area, where there are more trees than concrete, can elevate a person’s mood and mental well-being.

There have been enough studies showing significant connections between improved health and time spent in nature that scientists are now studying why nature can make such an amazing impact on our bodies, minds, and even life expectancy.

Spring is the perfect time to get outside since the weather is mild. Some ways to connect with nature in the spring are:

  1. Take a walk around your neighborhood or go hiking.
  2. Sit on your porch or on a park bench.
  3. Plant a garden – flowers for pollinators would help the environment too!
  4. Go bird watching. 
  5. Have a picnic.
  6. Read outside.
  7. Buy a houseplant.
  8. Play with your pets.
  9. Take a scenic drive.
  10. Do yoga or meditate.
  11. Visit a state park.

Think about your favorite outdoor activities and then take time to make them happen. Take a friend or loved one and share the experience with them.

“Spending time outdoors makes you feel great.” – Elizabeth Hurley


To read more about nature and wellbeing, visit these sites:

Arkansas State Parks 

Department of Environmental Conservation - New York

University of Minnesota

American Public Health Association