While it is important not to lag behind in today’s tech era, many of us - young and old – spend increasing amounts of time on the internet, on our smart phones, engaged in social media or playing video games. But, it really is just as important to find a realistic balance. And, while it’s truly a wonder of modern times that information can be so easily accessed, the flip side, is that nature is the last place you'll find children and adults engaging, as personal connections with the outdoors seems hard to come by.
Looking deeper into the matter, are experts in child development and psychologists who are finding more and more evidence of the benefits of nature on psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity and improved concentration. Beyond the health and cognitive benefits children may gain from outdoor activity, nature also provides them with a sense of wonder and a deeper understanding of our responsibility to take care of the Earth!
So make a point to find the balance. Reconnect with nature and gather some friends for an outdoor adventure! Head off on your bikes, pack a picnic basket, go for a walk, camp, hike, swim, kick a ball, climb a tree…
“Simply being outdoors emphasizes experience above technology and boosts fitness, confidence and imaginations.”
Simply being outdoors emphasises experience above technology and boosts fitness, confidence and imaginations. Not convinced yet? You will be once you read more about the amazing benefits of being outdoors:
Calm the Mind
Spending time outdoors has a proven positive impact on reducing stress levels and lowering blood pressure. Research undertaken in Japan, a country of long working days and high suicide rates, reveals that immersing yourself in the natural world significantly reduces stress levels and wards off depression. In response, Japan’s Forestry Agency has created a network of Forest Therapy trails on which rangers monitor visitors’ blood pressure.
"Modern multitasking overtaxes brain areas that are involved in suppressing distractions, thinking creatively, and developing a sense of identity," according to David Strayer - a professor of Cognition and Neural Science. Strayer discovered that a short four days backpacking in nature improved people’s creativity by 50%.
Nature Sounds Good
What we listen to has a huge impact on our health and wellbeing. Studies undertaken by leading sound expert Julian Treasure, chairman of The Sound Agency reveal the benefits of natural sound, such as birds singing, as well as silence.
Good for Body and Soul
Being outdoors and immersing yourself in nature is a natural antidepressant, recommended for benefits to emotional health. Dive into a cool natural body of water to encourage the body to expel toxins and release feel good endorphins.
Essential to Healthy Aging
Our world shrinks as we grow older. As it does, all the physical, emotional and social benefits of the outdoors diminish in our lives. The connection between less time outdoors and the acceleration of dementia is considerable. According to research, maintaining outdoor activity is likely to be an effective preventative measure in extending the period of good quality living.