Nature heals the body
Being in nature reduces anger, fear and stress while also encouraging positive 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. Nature therefore contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
Nature improves the ability to connect
People who spend time in nature have stronger feelings of unity with their communities, whether this be neighbors, colleagues, clients or family. They are more committed to 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 world at large.
Nature restores the mind
People who spend time in nature experience an improvement in their mood; changing from depressed, stressed and anxious to becoming calmer and more balanced. Time in nature is associated with a positive mood, psychological well being, meaningfulness and vitality. It increases your ability to pay attention and focus. Providing a break for your overactive mind, recharging your mental batteries and refreshing you for new tasks.