Day 17 of Self Care~ Walk in the Woods

Day 17 of Self Care~ Walk in the Woods

This is a wonderful time of year to take a walk in the woods or any nature setting. The temperatures are mellow… not too hot or too cold. Everywhere you look there are different shades of green and wildflowers blooming. Being outside in nature is one of my favorite ways to take care of myself. Numerous studies have shown that just being in a truly beautiful and wild space is healing to the body. Yet it is easy to forget how good it feels to be outside. American adults spend less time outdoors than they do inside vehicles, according to recent research by Harvard School of Public Health. In Finland the government is recommending a minimum of 5 hours a month of time in nature to help ward off depression. Not only does being in nature reduce stress levels and calm us, but it seems to stimulate us feeling nicer. Wild spaces heal hearts. There are studies that show that time in nature is also good for your brain. Time in natural spaces helps you focus, improves memory, and greatly improves creative problem solving. So being outside is good for us body, mind,and soul… and it is cheap and simple. If you can’t make it to the woods, go to a park or just your favorite tree.