Our result oriented society unleashes cultural pressure in both our personal and professional life. Culture tells us what we should look like, how to behave and what (business-) goals we should chase. We become consumed with trying to behave as we think others want us to. Constantly distracted. Spending time in nature, away from distractions, heals your body and restores your mind.
Nature heals the body
Being in nature reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for the stimulation of “rest-and-digest” activities that occur when the body is at rest. Therefore nature contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
Nature restores the mind
People who spend time in nature experience an improvement of their mood; changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced. Time in nature is associated with a positive mood, psychological wellbeing, meaningfulness, and vitality. Time in nature increases your ability to pay attention and increases the ability to focus. This provides a break for your overactive mind, recharging your mental batteries, refreshing you for new tasks.
Understanding people and creating connections, including with ourselves, is one of the most important new aspects of life. As technology increases significantly, we must focus more than ever on sharpening new human-skills such as working with others and being self-aware. Spending time in nature improves your ability to create connection with yourself and with the people around you.
Nature improves the ability to create connections
People who spend time in nature have stronger feelings of unity with their communities whether this are colleagues, clients, friends or family. They are more concerned with helping and supporting each other, and have stronger feelings of belonging. Spending time in nature will activate the parts of your brain associated with empathy and love. Nature inspires feelings of connection to each other and the larger world.