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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
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:
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:
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