**THIS IS A GUEST POST. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein.
Studies show that spending time in nature is not only good for the physical well-being but also the mental well-being of a person. Most cities are full of dust and smoke, with a tight schedule and not enough time for nature and family. If you are an urban dweller, you can relate to it.
How many times did you think of leaving the city and going out on vacation? At least, I have thought about building a small cottage in a village multiple times. Living close to nature relieves not only stress but also improves your mood.
When you are back to your work, you are more fresh and enthusiastic. I believe I am not the only one who wishes to go out on a break, close to nature, and get refreshed and rejuvenated.
While most of the readers might think that taking an off from work is not possible for them or they cannot afford to go on a long vacation to a hilly station, going in nature does not mean that you go out for a long vacation.
A few moments in nature can be enough too. You don’t need to pack your stuff and spend several weeks in the wilderness. You can also sit in the local public park near to the green grass or trees or even in your front yard.
This little time can do wonders for you. A few studies also conclude that a small window near your workplace that lets you see the outside view of a garden or mountains or even a park can be refreshing than anything else.
The doctors today are emphasizing spending some quality time in the natural world. It can either be a hill station or the front lawn of your home. Exposure to nature protects you from different kinds of mental illnesses like anxiety or depression.
It also protects you from putting on extra fats on the body and regulates your blood pressure. Sometimes in nature is among many of the to-do lists on a doctor’s prescription list.
Time In Nature Can be Good for your Body and Soul
According to many scientific types of research, there is a direct link between exposure to nature and the physical and mental well-being of a person. Human beings also belong to the natural world, just like other living beings. But today, they are living in crowded cities, where they are less exposed to nature.
A Study by Dr. Stephen and Rachel Kaplan
Dr. Stephen Kaplan and Dr. Rachel Kaplan, a husband and wife duo at the University of Michigan, conducted a study on the benefits of nature on the mental well-being of people on behalf of the USDA Forest Service.
According to them, a man is attracted to two kinds of attention. One is a fascination, and the other one is directed attention. Directed attention keeps the people living a life in the crowded cities, while fascination a relaxed kind of attention that people receive from spending time in nature.
They further argue that people continuously living in big cities are often more exposed to physical and mental illness. People who take short breaks and are frequently exposed to nature can improve their focus and come back to routine life with more energy.
Finding 1: Flora and Fauna Improve Health
The husband and wife researchers also found empirical evidence that only looking at wild animals, birds, and flora could result in improved health. Looking at the beautiful flowers and green plants could do wonders for the health of a person. Looking at nature and praising it is much better and beneficial than spending hours in front of your TV or Laptop screen.
Finding 2: Nature Reduce Chronic Fatigue in Patients with Chronic Illnesses
Did you know that around 35 to 40 percent of survivors from cancer are reported to be exhausted from chronic fatigue? Such patients are reported to go into depression very easily. So spending some time outdoors is highly recommended by the doctors. This is how they can manage feelings of anxiety and stress. They feel more normal while being sitting in greenery or on the side of a small lake.
Finding 3: Nature Increases the Likelihood of Exercise
Spending time not only prevents from developing stress or anxiety but spending more time outside also means physical exercises. When a person goes outside, they normally walk, or run or do some kind of sports or even gardening. Such outdoor activities are best for people who are suffering from high blood pressure and two kinds of diabetes.
Finding 4: Nature Can Enhance Spirituality
So if you are someone who has a tight work schedule, I would recommend you to take out some time and get close to nature, so that you can get enjoy every moment of your health. By being in nature, you can also get closer to your God.
Communicate with your God at your Prayer Timings in a natural setting to feel at one with nature. Besides, people who suffer from seasonal disorders like asthma or any allergy, anxiety, or depression can see the wonderful results of prayers and nature therapy.
There is nothing more beneficial than nature therapy. Studies show that for every physical and mental illness, the doctors today prescribe going outside and spending some quality time in nature.
Spending time in nature does not mean going out on long vacations in the wilderness. It is about increasing the inclusion of nature in your daily routine by sitting near an open window, taking a walk in a nearby park, or a picnic by the lake.
Regular exposure to nature protects you from developing feelings of anxiety or depression. Additionally, a little walk in nature minimizes the risk of diabetes and heart diseases.
Not only does nature improve our physical health, it promotes our mental well-being and spirituality too. SO what are you waiting for? Put on your sneakers, and let’s go!
About the author:
Shaheryar provides ghostwriting and copywriting services. His educational background in the technical field and business studies helps him in tackling topics ranging from career and business productivity to web development and digital marketing. He occasionally writes articles for Muslim Pro.