We have long known that there is a relationship between spending time in nature and mental and physical health.
Spending time in nature has been found to:
- boost the immune system
- lower blood pressure
- reduce stress
- improve mood
- increase ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
- accelerate recovery from surgery or illness
- increase energy level
- improve sleep
An interesting new study found that spending a mere two hours per week in nature can significantly boost many health outcomes. The study found that this relationship held true regardless of age, wealth or living situation. They also determined that it did not matter if the two hours were continuous or in short bursts over the course of a week.
This study reminded me of the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” which similarly has connections to tons of health benefits.
The bottom line is that we can all benefit from spending more time outdoors. Speaking of, I’m going to go outside right now and enjoy some summer rain!