Imagine a world in which children could only experience nature, sunrises, and waterfalls from their living room on their computer or television. As we all know, this is not far from reality. Many families live in huge suburbs and inner cities that don’t provide access to the jewels of mother nature. So what affect can this have on a growing individual’s health?
Lower Stress Levels – Get Outside and Spend Time with Nature
People have a higher risk of depression along with anxiety. Studies show that individuals who spend more time in nature have lower stress levels and less instances of depression. It’s believed that by being out in the open and close with the outside world allows people to relax and feel happier in general. Vitamin D is also a major factor in preventing depression and more recently studies are showing cancer as well. It’s now known that Vitamin D plays a major factor in the prevention of many long-term ailments and overall health. Heart attacks, osteoporosis, and depression are just a few of the known enemies of Vitamin D. By going outside for at least 30 minutes a day without sunscreen you can dramatically increase your amount of Vitamin D intake and bring them up to sufficient levels.
Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD is another factor affected by your D levels. One study showed that when studying outside, students were able to focus significantly better than those who spent a majority of their time indoors.
From a preservationist’s opinion, this can affect a society’s feelings of importance towards conservation of resources. If children aren’t involved in nature early in life, they may place let value on the things that need to be protected the most. Building roads and urban structures where forests and parks can be saved instead may take priority. This can be dangerous to the overall health of the city in terms of pollution and access to areas in nature.
Leave Technology at Home – A Simple Phrase Yet Difficult To Convince People
It may be difficult to convince the future generations to leave technology at home just to take some time alone with nature. We are so connected with the internet and media that stepping away for even just a few hours seems impossible. People always want to be able to communicate with the rest of the world whether on their computer or cell phone. This fact alone makes people susceptible to increased stress simply because they always need to be “plugged in.” But unplugging and leaving the constant buzzing world seems to have healing and restorative properties. Some of it is unexplainable while other parts are easily proven with simple case studies.
In another study of people recovering from surgery, Vitamin D gave them the ability to recover much faster. They exposed a sample group to natural light and found that they took less pain meds and had less stress during the recovery process. It is believed this works with everyday ailments as well such as lower back pain or even common aches. If you are experiencing your own ailments, run a test of your own. Spend some time outdoors over the course of a few days and see if it doesn’t make you feel better overall.
Find Something You Enjoy is The Key
Hiking, running, and even walking outdoors are all simple ways to spend more time under the big blue sky. The key is to find something you enjoy and practice it for at least 30 minutes, if not more, per day. Take a bottle of water, cell phone (for emergency calls only), and your everyday carry out with you for an hour walk through a park. Not only will you be doing yourself a favor is getting a healthy dose of natural sunlight but will also be improve your cardiovascular health. By spending more time walking, hiking, or running you are sure to find your weight to stabilize as well. It’s difficult once you start your trek to quit half way or part way through. How about a dose of fresh air as well? Indoor smog can be significantly worse than outdoor smog, of course this depends on where you live but there’s certainly no replacement for a dose of fresh air.
Now that you know about the massive benefits to being closer to nature, hopefully you also realize that a world without Mother Nature will not thrive and as people we cannot live without it.