11 Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

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By Ann Sullivan

Spending time outdoors has been shown to have numerous benefits to health and wellbeing. Decompressing, alleviating stress, relaxing and unwinding are some of the restorative benefits of communing with nature. Studies have found there are other benefits as well. After all, it isn’t called Mother Nature for no reason. She has a way of curing a lot of what ails us. All you have to do is get out there and see for yourself. Here are 11 things that have been found to be beneficial when you spend time in nature.

1) Restore Mental Capacity

The great outdoors is an excellent place to clear your head. A walk along the beach or through the woods has been known to reduce depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. While you’re surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds you can completely clear your mind and be present in nature’s wonder. The sound of the ocean hitting the shore, or birds singing, are sounds some people buy recordings of to relax or sleep better. Being among the actual sounds and sights is the best way to achieve a clear mind. Researchers are finding increasing evidence that nature is a good cure for what ails your nervous system. So, if you feel stressed, try walking in nature, or just sitting on the beach watching the waves come in. You’ll most likely find this will decompress your tension and aid in clearer thinking.

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