Nature boosts your creativity and your well-being
It may improve your outlook
If you’re dreading the thought of spending another workout chained to the treadmill, move your run outdoors for a quick burst of happiness. A study from Glasgow University showed that people who walked, biked, or ran in nature had a lower risk of poor mental health than people who worked out indoors.
It could improve your focus
Can’t decide where to go on your next weekend getaway? You might want to consider a trip to the countryside. According to a study published in Psychological Science, interacting with nature gives your brain a break from everyday over stimulation, which can have a restorative effect on your attention levels.
It my improve your sleep
Poor sleep is often caused by poor sleep patterns. Our sleep patterns are regulated by an internal body clock called the circadian rhythm. Our circadian rhythms are naturally tied to the sun’s schedule. Spending too much time inside – away from natural light and with increased exposure to artificial light, can alter our circadian rhythms, (thus disrupting our sleep patterns). Early morning exposure to sunlight has been shown to help re-calibrate these sleep cycles. A few consecutive days outside will get the job done much faster.
The outdoors make us happy
In addition to helping decrease stress levels, spending more time with nature shows a shift toward more positive moods.