Health Benefits Found in Nature
Spending time in nature is possibly the most efficient natural stress-reliever and is fortunately very easy to access. Whether you are hanging out with a friend or loved one for a picnic or to watch the sunset at the cliffs, hiking in early A.M. or strolling through the park in the evening, nature is always there and is a great way to relieve stress while staying healthy.
Even bringing nature into your home or work environment by adding beautiful green plants or a lovely garden can help reduce stress and depression. More and more research is being done to confirm the numerous benefits that nature gives adults and children for free.
Adult Nature Health Benefits
- General and Heart Health
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD
Children Nature Health Benefits
- Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD
- Autism Disorders
There is an array of nature health benefits being uncovered, but the ones that often come to mind first are depression and stress.
Studies have shown that nature has many benefits for those suffering from depression whether they are adults or children suggesting that even a small portion of time during the week can lower depression symptoms. These studies published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health also show that people living near nature or at least with parks, bushes and trees are far less likely to be affected by depression. This is especially crucial for children and young adults as growing up without nature can have a negative impact on them.
Stress can have a seriously negative impact as well, not only on mental health, but physical health directly leading to less sleep, headaches, decreased appetite and much more including symptoms leading to depression or other negative feelings. There are many studies that have shown positive results simply by being around green areas with trees, grass, bushes and even flowers. The study continues showing that staying near green areas can lead to longevity as well.