Close Your Eyes, Take a Deep Breath, Let Nature Comfort You

I love being outdoors, the musical sounds of the birds, the warmth of the sun on my face, the beautiful blue sky, I could go on forever.  When I was a girl, I loved being outdoors so much that even when the street lights came on my sisters, brother and I would beg our mom to let us stay out just a bit longer.

Can’t you just smell that rose?

Can’t you just feel the sand between your toes?

Scientific evidence shows time in nature:

  • Helps you to feel better
  • Helps you to pay more attention to the present
  • You’ll de-stress and slow down
  • Enhances your sense of belonging, happiness, resilience
  • Improves short-term memory
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increases sharper thinking
  • May improve vision in children
  • Improves concentration
  • Boosts the immune system

Remember that being outdoors should be your time to enjoy the beauty of the world around you. Talking on your cell or texting cancels any of the benefits you’re mind and body would get. There has to be some time of quiet and being disconnected from all of the stress and anxiousness that life can bring so our mind and body can experience a state of complete relaxation.

There are additional benefits that are essential to a longer, healthier life.  You’ll get some natural Vitamin D; natural light helps with a better night’s sleep, fresh air improves blood pressure, increased fresh oxygen increases your sense of well-being and the physical activity increases your endorphins. Even taking your shoes off and walking in the sand or the grass is beneficial because the bacteria in the soil boosts your serotonin levels.

Find a way to nurture your spirit by:

  • Going for a walk
  • Taking a bike ride
  • Getting a camera or using your cell phone camera to capture nature
  • Driving to a park and having a picnic
  • Sitting in your yard to relax
  • Gardening
  • Joining a walking group
  • Eating your meals outside
  • Walking to a friend’s house
  • Getting a walking buddy

“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”— John Muir, Our National Parks

Thank you for stopping by, Namaste

 

His Message Will Make you Want to Save the World

 

gulf-coast2

 

It is my intention as a photographer to use my skills, talent, love of nature and life to be a part of saving this planet from the destructive path we are on.  So I look for ways to share my passion, I found this and knew it was just what I was looking for.

This less than five-minute video is a beautiful short to inspire, motivate and fire us up to be the change that nature needs. Just double-click on the link below to watch.

Winner of the Film4Climate competition organized by the Connect4Climate Program of the World Bank