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“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree” – Joyce Kilmer
The Power of NATURE
Human contact helps us form connections and shared emotional experiences. Social distancing feels foreign and uncomfortable for some people, creating imbalance and stress. There are many ways for us to regain balance and reduce anxiety while honoring and maintaining social distancing requirements. One such way is to enjoy NATURE. We are blessed to live in a community that allows us to easily experience the beauty of the outdoors and the positive impact of fresh, clean air. A simple way to get the benefits of the outdoors is to go for a walk. It gets us out of our homes while maintaining social distancing requirements and gets those feel-good hormones cranking and builds our immune system.
Tamara Lechner shares on www.chopra.com that humans are designed to be outdoors. Our brain is wired to respond to the smells, sights, and sensations you receive outside. When you spend daily time outside it makes you healthier and happier .
Here are five science-backed reasons why we all need to get outside:
- Stress decreases in nature
- Short-term memory increases
- Mental energy is refreshed and restored
- Thinking becomes sharper and concentration improves
- Positivity increases
Thanks US Forest Service for this beautiful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9PiV80hLQ8&feature=youtu.be.
Here’s a link to a printable nature scavenger hunt: https://www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/nature-scavenger-hunt. Says it’s for kids, but….looks pretty good for adults, too!
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