THE NATURE TOOL
WHY IT MATTERS
When we think about human evolution, our species has been living “inside” (working in offices, living in constructed homes, moving around in cars) for just a sliver of our existence on earth. We evolved largely outdoors, and at the end of the day, the primal part of our brain considers it home.
When we’re in places that feel most like home, we automatically feel calmer.
Likewise, when we are thrust into new situations – in this case, the built environment – it ignites a stress response. This is true even if we don’t sense it happening.
Hundreds of studies confirm the very real consequences that disconnection from nature has on overall well-being, and the POSITIVE impact that integration with nature has on it. Whether in a small park or deep in the mountains, the sights and sounds of nature make us kinder. calmer, and more focused. What’s more is that studies show nature also helps reduce mental fatigue and strengthen our immune system. Being immersed in nature can actually boost the immune system and keep it boosted for weeks.
Let that sink in for a second. Exposure to nature strengthens our immune system, meaning it makes us less prone to illness.
This is great news for everyone. For those of us living with a chronic illness or disability, we need a boost to our immune system that is compromised by the physical and emotional realities of our condition. For those of us supporting a loved one with an illness or disability, we need a boost to our immune system because we know that stress in general depletes our ability to fight off disease.
Although spending time outside is valuable, studies also show that simply incorporating natural images and scents can have a positive effect on your mood and immune system. Meaning, if you are unable to physically immerse yourself in nature you can still receive its benefits. It may not be as pleasurable, but it is still a step in the right direction.
nature for recovery
In a well-known 1984 study, patients recovering from surgery were randomly assigned to a room with a view of either a brick wall or a tree-filled environment. The study found that those with a view of the natural setting recovered faster and needed fewer painkillers.
Whether there is something in nature that makes us healthier, or because “green” allows us to take a break from the chaos is still a bit unclear. However, one thing is absolutely certain…
There is a positive relationship between the amount of green space in one’s living environment and their physical and mental health.
There are many ways to let “Vitamin G” into your life, and before you think, “I just don’t have time or energy” let us show you how simple it can be…