As our world has been turned upside down by Covid-19, I wanted to share with you one of the best sources for living a healthy life now.  We all know the importance that exercise, sleep, water and healthy eating have on our health and wellness.  Did you know that Nature is one of the best sources for our best health?  What if I shared with you some of benefits that Nature has on our health and wellness?  Read below – you won’t believe how easy and fun it can be.

Here’s what Nature can do for your Health and Wellness

Nature benefits your immune system by giving it a boost

While out in Nature, you are most likely to be in the sun at least some of the time.  The sun is our best source of Vitamin D giving an immediate boost to our immune system.  Sunlight also energizes special cells called T cells that help our body fight infection.  Equally important are the many substances that plants put into the air.  Organic compounds called phytoncides boost our immune systems, lower blood pressure and helps us to focus better.

Nature improves your sleep

Being out in nature helps our body set its sleep cycle. The cells in our eyes need enough light to get the body’s circadian rhythm (internal clock) working properly. The light from the morning sun seems to help people get to sleep at night. This may be more important as we age because our eyes are less able to absorb light, and we’re more likely to have problems with our sleep.

Stress Floats Away

Nature tends to cause us to breath more deeply, close our eyes and relax.  The sight and smell of trees and plants as well as the sound of water causes an immediate “let go” of the tension in our bodies.    

Nature Enhances our Mental Health

It’s proven that a daily walk lessens depression and anxiety.  Looking at the plants, trees, water and wildlife as well as breathing in the air helps us to feel at peace, calm and centered.  Nature also helps to improve our focus allowing us to complete tasks easily thus making us feel more accomplished.  Creativity is also enhanced by nature, and we generally feel better about ourselves when we are creating.

So there you have it.  Several of the benefits that nature has to offer.  In today’s world, taking care of our health and wellness is a gift that WE can give ourselves.  Nature is where we can find the benefits to guard our health and take it to the next level.

Go talk a walk, a hike or a bike ride.  Pay attention to the sights, sounds and smells.  Your health and wellness will thank you!

Please keep in mind that during this health crisis, pay attention to the social distancing guidelines. As you can see in the photos, there is no one around. #staysafe

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