How Nature Can Nurture your Soul
Today’s post comes to you via The Elgin Avenue’s wonderful contributor Chelsea Becker – today Chelsea’s sharing with us all about Mother Nature.
I am so happy to welcome Chelsea again, and for her to share her take on something which is very close to my heart too – getting into the great outdoors in order to nurture your soul.
Chelsea so beautifully shares how incredible it can be, both for your mental and physical health. Whether you live in the city or the rural countryside, there’s always the opportunity to get outdoors. I hope that Chelsea’s experience will encourage you to step outside more often so that you too can experience the huge benefits of nature time 🌿
Over to Chelsea!
Love, Monica x
Why We Should All Pay Attention To Mother Nature
& How Time Outside Can Nurture Your Mental & Physical Health
There is something incredibly fulfilling about being outside in nature, wouldn’t you agree?
Being next to a roaring ocean and feeling like a speck in this great big world, or standing under trees and feeling the same. Or even soaking your feet into a grass field – there’s just nothing like the feels that Mother Earth can provide.
But being in nature can do more than make you feel good inside or make your Instagram feed look gorgeous – it’s scientifically proven to be good for your soul, your health, state of mind, and so on. A pretty feed and a soul boost? Sign me up!
Here are 5 ways that nature can add meaningful benefits to your life:
“Being in nature can do more than make you feel good inside or make your Instagram feed look gorgeous – it’s scientifically proven to be good for your soul, your health, state of mind, and so on. A pretty feed and a soul boost? Sign me up!”
5 Ways That Nature Can Add Meaningful Benefits To Your Life
1 – Boosted Creativity
With all the technology that we consume, especially for those of us whose jobs revolve around a computer or our phone (raising my hand from California!), our brains can get bogged down. Our minds actually become exhausted by the lights and transmitters tech displays.
Stepping outside into nature, even for a 5-minute walk, can improve cognitive function and creative thinking skills, let alone be a welcomed break for our tired eyes.
Especially helpful if you’re in a creative rut or having some sort of worker’s block!
2 – Overall Health
Immersing yourself in nature in a relaxing way is crazy good for your immune system and can help to ward off sickness and other illnesses.
Our bodies turn from “fight or flight” mode that we often feel while cooped up inside doing chores or working, and being outside lets our systems relax.
Taking time in nature is tremendously important during cold & flu season or if you’re feeling generally “blah” health wise.
3 – Lower Cortisol Levels
By physically grounding yourself to the Earth, a.k.a. walking on soil, sand, or grass and connecting your body to nature, you can improve a lot of things.
“Grounding, ” as it’s called, provides relieved tension with muscle soreness or headaches. It can promote a sense of calmness and some studies show it can even lessen cortisol levels (what makes us stressed).
Next time you have the chance to ground, take your shoes off and enjoy what follows!
4 – Reduced Inflammation
Would you believe me if I said that being in nature can help your body to fight inflammation? It’s true!
Our bodies naturally become inflamed with the following: stress, poor diet, not enough sleep, etc. And extreme inflammation can lead to autoimmune disorders or even depression.
Being in nature quiets the mind and allows your body’s inflammation to naturally settle a bit. There’s no easier way to increase health than by walking outside your doorstep!
5 – Better Mood
Perhaps the benefit that is most noticeable and maybe most obvious, is a boosted mood. It’s hard to be grumpy when you’re getting glimpses of fresh flowers, running water, or green trees, right?
Studies have shown that people living closer to or more in touch with nature have lower anxiety levels in general, which makes sense. Less traffic, more trees. Less waiting, more living.
Even if you live in a big city, prioritizing breaks to see nature whenever you can will help!
Overall, the benefits that accompany being in nature are pretty amazing. And above it all, staring at anything Mother Nature has created always leaves me with a sense of gratefulness. It reminds me that my problems and my worries are just one small portion on this huge planet and that I should instead focus on the gift that is life.
What’s Your Take?
Have you noticed these benefits to be true when connecting your soul to nature? Is nature where you turn when you need a break?
Love, Chelsea x
Follow Chelsea’s day to day adventures on Instagram here.
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