What Can Nature Do for You?

A couple hiking trekking through the mountains The weather is finally warming up (at least a bit)! Do the first signs of spring have you anxious to get outside? Maybe not; maybe you’ve never been an outdoorsy type of person, and you’re quite happy staying on the couch. But research has shown that nature has so many benefits – read on for some of the scientifically proven benefits of getting out into nature!

Nature Decreases Stress

If you go out for a walk in the woods, the very act of exercising will help to reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. But studies have shown that people who get away from the city to walk in the forest have a lower heart rate, are more relaxed, and are less anxious than those who walk in an urban setting.

Nature Improves Your Mood

Studies were done testing subjects in urban versus natural settings. Subjects were assessed on their emotional state as well as how well they could perform cognitive tasks. The results showed that those who took a walk in a forest setting had less anxiety, less depression, and were able to stop ruminating (focusing their attention on their own negative aspects) compared with those who took a walk in an urban setting.

Nature Gives You a Shot of Energy and Increases Your Creativity

Scientists believe that being constantly bombarded with information from our readily available technology (i.e., constantly checking your phone, texting, or using it to look up information) can lead to brain burnout and mental fatigue. Research has shown that nature has a way of stopping our brains from multitasking, which can increase your energy, make you more creative, and help with your problem-solving abilities.

Even if you’re not an outdoorsy kind of person, perhaps learning of the many benefits that nature can have for your life will encourage you to get out of the house and at least try a nature walk. You may be surprised what spending time in nature can do for you! At Wasatch Crest, getting out into nature is an important part of staying both mentally and physically healthy. Contact the treatment center in Heber, Utah, at (800) 385-3507, for more information.

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