How Time In Nature Decreases Anxiety

Confession: you might find me walking around our yard and hugging a tree from time to time -NO SHAME!


Not only do I love teaching the kiddos how beautiful God made the world, but I notice a huge decrease in my anxiety when I am able to get outside, connect, and recharge.



For those of you who have anxiety, depression, seasonal affective disorder, or generally want to improve an overall sense of well-being, time in the outdoors might be just what you need!

... and if you’re like me and live someplace where it is about to be VERY cold, I encourage you to bundle up, and make a goal of even 5 - 20 minutes when possible!


So how does time in nature impact our mental health?!


1) Getting outside helps improve our mood!


The increased blood circulation to the brain as well as the release of “happy” chemicals like serotonin and endorphins creates an overall sense of happiness and well-being.



2) Being in nature is proven to help alleviate stress.


According to research from a study conducted by Science Direct, “nature excursions can help alleviate feelings of time pressure and mental stress. Taking a break from urban settings and spending time outdoors in the wilderness increased life satisfaction, happiness and mindfulness in study participants.”



3) The outdoors recharges us.


It is easy for us to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of to-do lists, but when we don’t take time to recharge, we often lose our drive to reach our goals! Research shows that taking time in nature - whether it’s a walk during your lunch break, or a longer hike on the weekends - will give us our spark back, so we are able to give the best version of ourselves!


Who plans on getting outside this weekend?! We plan on going on a long walk and going to the pumpkin patch!


Enjoy your weekend!

XO






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Kristin Cariveau, LN. 

Integrative Wellness Consultant