Why is connecting with nature important?
We often get the message that being close to nature is great for the soul and the mind in some way or another - but deep down we also feel it might be true. After all, we all know there are little things that can beat the warm feeling that overcomes our senses when the golden sun gleams over our face. In this blog, we’ll share some thoughts on why connecting with nature is important and a couple of ways to incorporate it into your life.
What better way to clear your mind listening to the sound of the ocean against the sand? Or going for a walk to a near-by trail? While studies show that living in fast-paced urban settings can raise levels of stress and depression, spending time in nature has been found to help calm the senses and alleviate distress. With having to balance work and family life, sometimes taking even 10 minutes to yourself can seem like an impossible mission…but the benefits to your state of mind and mood can truly be outstanding. Start small, and work your way up!
Boost Your Energy
Nature can help you feel alive! With so much of our time being spent behind screens, feeling the air brush against your skin, the grass under your feet and the cold, crisp water against your skin is a wonderful way of reminding yourself that you are indeed alive. It might sound obvious to some, but these moments in nature help us gain perspective, and can therefore be of great help for learning the art of letting go and gratitude - two key elements to feeling that joy for life we all deserve! In Australia, we are lucky to have such incredible natural and wild surroundings. Going on early morning hikes to watch the sunrise is an incredible way of starting your day with a boost of positive energy to carry with you!
Larger sense of self and social awareness
According to several studies, being around and in touch with nature shows that it’s a powerful way of feeling wonder, gratitude and admiration - emotions that are all linked to a larger sense of well-being. In connection to this, positive emotions like gratitude tend to have a direct effect on our social well-being too; increasing our sense of trust, cooperation and closeness with others.
In a world that needs healing, starting with yourself is a way forward. Invite nature into your life to see positive changes that stem from the inside out - the changes that truly make a difference and are here to stay.