It’s no secret that being in nature has a profound effect on our mental and physical wellbeing. Something as simple as a 15 minute walk outside can completely change our outlook on the day and make us feel refreshed.
You know how it makes you feel but you may be wondering why you feel so good after a walk amongst the trees or a barefoot stroll on the beach. We’ve explored the connection between nature and wellbeing below.
Benefits of Spending Time in Nature
A 2019 study by the University of Exeter found that spending just 120 minutes (or two hours) a week significantly increased each participant’s wellbeing. When you break it down, that’s only 15-20 minutes per day to boost your mental and physical health.
But how exactly does being in nature affect our wellbeing? Here are some of the benefits of spending regular time outdoors:
Taking a bike ride into the forest or your neighbourhood park can help you to remove yourself from situations that cause stress. Nature is known to have a calming effect our minds, and doing some deep, meditative breathing while you’re out there can relax your nervous system and help to reduce anxiety and stress.
INCREASED FEELINGS OF BELONGING
One of the most beautiful things about being in nature is that there is no one there to judge you. You can let go of any insecurity and self-doubt and truly be yourself. Taking a walk on a park path is the perfect opportunity to embrace your authentic self and focus on gratitude.
Nature is timeless. It makes us feel connected to other generations and the world as a whole. There’s something powerful about nature’s classic beauty that makes us feel like we belong.
Have you ever looked at a painting like Monet’s Water Lillies or Poppy Fields and wondered how someone created something so beautiful? He was inspired by the landscapes, colours, and textures found in nature.
From the Canadian Rockies to the beaches in Tofino, nature’s beauty connects us to our innate creativity. Disconnecting from our screens and distractions can get us in touch with what makes us feel human and alive.
IMPROVED CLARITY & FOCUS
Being inside and staring at your laptop screen all day can be mentally draining. Have you ever experienced the mid-day yawns and drop in energy? Taking a break from your work and getting outside for fresh air and a nature walk can be just what you need to break your burnout and stimulate your mind.
POSITIVE PHYSICAL SIDE EFFECTS
We know that biking through your neighbourhood or hiking in the woods with friends can increase your mental health, but it also has physical benefits. Regular exercise has been known to help lower blood pressure, build stamina and flexibility, and increase or stabilize energy levels.
How To Get Out In Nature
There are many ways to spend time outside and enjoy the benefits of time in nature, but here are a few of our favourites:
- Plan a picnic with a friend in a park. Pack your favourite fruits, cheeses, crackers, wine or sparkling water, and nuts and seeds.
- Take a walk in your neighbourhood green space 2-3 times per week.
- Drive to your closest beach with a book and blanket. Sit on the shore and listen to the waves crash.
- Cycle through the trails of your city’s greenest wooded area.
Can’t get away? Although getting outside for fresh air and naturals views is best, bringing plants and flowers inside your home can be a great alternative. They bring life and freshness to your space and can be a great connection to the outside world when you are staying in.
Self-Care & Nature
We’ve always held the belief that nature contains everything we need for happy, healthy skin and self-care rituals. Everything we make - from our natural soaps to botanical roll-ons - has been created with 100% natural, responsibly foraged ingredients. Respecting and being one with nature is in the fabric of our brand and we appreciate the healing properties of the natural world.
Whether you’re dealing with low energy, seasonal blues, or just want to feel inspired and invigorated, adding nature time to your weekly schedule can have a remarkable effect on your overall wellbeing.
What are some of the ways you love to spend time in nature? Have you noticed a difference in your mental or physical health? Let us know in the comments down below and connect with us on Instagram @tofinosoapcompany.