As the voice of the natural world, Sir David Attenborough, suggests gaining a better understanding of our natural world begets more curiosity and a sense of fulfillment. Not only is Attenborough speaking undoubtedly from experience, but research also backs this statement. Research also outlines that spending time outside promotes positive effects on our mental and physical wellbeing. In this blog we outline 5 reasons why spending time in Nature is so Important.
- Positive Effect on Health
Spending as little as 2 hours per week in a natural outdoor place, your garden, a park or a wood, beach etc, is directly associated with your positive well-being. Whether you go for a hike, stroll in the Irish countryside, or simply enjoy the birds who come to your feeder every morning, you have undoubtedly experienced the positive side effects of spending time outside.
2. Remove the Disconnect.
With over half the world population now living in urban environments, getting outside can be challenging. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the responsibilities of everyday life. We can remove this disconnect by engaging with nature and spending more time understanding it and how we can take steps to protect the environment.
3. Environmental Awareness
As you begin to build positive connections with outdoor places, the chances of you supporting eco-friendly initiatives increases. There are many ways for individuals to take part in protecting the planet, from recycling to restoring habitats to environmental education and many more in between.
- Next Generation
Children, too, are greatly impacted by the choices their parents make. On average, children in this generation only spend 4 to 7 minutes a week engaging in unstructured play outdoors (NRPA). If we are to protect our planet for future generations, we must come together as a global population to address these challenges and encourage the next generation to connect with nature.
- Feel Connected
Getting outside does not have to be a big drastic lifestyle change. You can start small, spend time locating a green space near you that you can reliably make frequent trips. The most important thing is that you find a place where you feel connected to the natural world. Feeling connected with nature can help us increase our motivation in many areas in our lives.
Spending more time in nature increases that awareness of what is happening within the environment. During the lockdown, is a good opportunity to spend more time in nature and experience its positive effects on your mental health and wellbeing. By becoming an advocate for nature you encourage those around you to share your experiences which help to form crucial connections with the planet.
Spring has arrived and the days are growing longer, and with the many Bank Holiday breaks ahead, now is an ideal time to increase your connection with nature. Make it part of your weekly or daily routine to spend time outdoors and remove the disconnect and enjoy all nature has to offer Foxy and Green