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5 Benefits of Spending Time In Nature, or Smell the Flowers for Fuck’s Sake

How many times must you be told to stop and smell the flowers? If the last time you saw a flower involved you on a sidewalk or you in a grocery store, it’s time to kick it up a notch. You’re going to take a hike. I know, I ain’t yo momma, but I am a momma, so that’s got to count for something; besides, the best parents want their kids to want to do stuff because they see the value in it for themselves

Today I’m talking about why spending time in the woods is not just for hippie chicks, and how you can become a hippie too.* Come on, you’re ready for this.

*insert evil laugh

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Spending time in nature improves your focus. You know the two things that make your brain want to lay on the couch and not get up for three whole days and nights? Having to keep itself focused on a single task for a long period of time and fighting to focus on too many things at once. When either of those two things happen, you can see your brain’s eyes glaze over, feel desire slip from its fingers, hear its yawn of lassitude. Your brain is tired and wants to lay on the couch for three whole days and nights. This is what is called Directed Attention Fatigue. I know, another term for some fragile human condition; still, it’s out there fatiguing brains. Here’s the good news. Being out in nature surrounded by a different view at every step, catching the shadow of a bird soaring overhead, stepping over roots and fallen branches, these things give the cognitive part of our brains a chance to lay down for a nap instead of collapsing into a three day draw the curtains it’s too damn bright in here binger. This brain nap will be rewarded with increased levels of focus, even for those struggling with ADHD.

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Time spent around trees will boost your mood, lower your blood pressure and reduce stress. Research has shown that spending time among trees, whether we’re exercising or just sitting and staring at them, has immediate positive effects on our bodies by reducing the stress-inducing chemicals cortisol and adrenaline and boosting our mood with serotonin. Symptoms of anxiety, fatigue, depression are all decreased by trees. Next time you’re in need of stress relief, pick up a walking stick and go hug a tree. Yes, science supports the hippies.

Getting outside will improve your eye health. I don’t know of anyone who would voluntarily give up their eyesight, and yet that’s what we do when we spend countless hours staring at a screen, or simply indoors under artificial lighting. Nearsightedness has increased from 25 percent of Americans in the 1970s to 42 percent currently. Shocking, right? Our eyes are designed to absorb natural light, and children who spend very little time outdoors are shown to have surprisingly higher levels of nearsightedness then their peers who regularly get outdoors. I know that glasses are fashionable now, but save your money and keep your eyes healthy.

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Indoor air is nasty. Just nasty. From now on, every time you think of indoor air I want you to imagine the creepy guy on the street corner who sizes you up five seconds too long while licking his nasty bottom lip. Indoor air can be two to five times more contaminated with pollutants than outdoor air, according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Indoor air has been blamed for all manners of poor health. Being surrounded by trees means allowing nature to do what it does best, heal and protect us. Remember that scene in The Green Mile (*spoiler alert) when he sucks all the fluttering blackness from her body and she regains the rosy blush of youth? Trees do that too.

Boost your immune system. One way that trees and other plants protect themselves is by releasing a chemical called phytoncides. It’s used to ward off insects, and it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. When we walk among trees, we are taking in, not only fresher air, but medicinal air which boosts our immune systems in a quantifiable way. Japanese researchers have coined the term shinrin-yoku, or “forest-bathing”, and let me just say it again, the hippies were right. *


Taking a walk in the woods is not just for hippie chicks and tree-huggers. Connecting with nature is what we’re naturally built for. It’s nurtures us and helps us in becoming our happiest and healthiest selves.

 

Head here for a list of links to the studies supporting these findings.


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My name is Lyz-Stephanie and I want to inspire you to be more connected to yourself and the world, to find beauty in simple pleasures, and to have more adventures. Every day we can do something to make our lives happier and richer, make our minds more active and engaged. I’m on the journey. Will you join me?

 

32 thoughts on “5 Benefits of Spending Time In Nature, or Smell the Flowers for Fuck’s Sake

    1. I can be tough on your mind, spirit and body. I used to pack my lunch and eat outside just to get some nature. You wouldn’t believe how much just a little bit will help your mood. You can do it! xx

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    1. I’ve never done it, but I can’t wait to try it out. I’ve heard so many good things. By the way, have you heard of something called Grounding or Earthing? I’m just learning about it, and I’m intrigued. And thank you, my love. I’ve been smiling the whole time I’m typing this!

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  1. I always feel so much better mentally and physically after taking some out of my schedule to be in nature. Realising that humans are becoming increasingly detached from the outside world always upsets me because it really does deliver so many wonderful benefits! Great post as always 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Maria ☺ And yes, it’s sad that most people seem to view nature as secondary. I’m glad that science is started to collect some real data on how great it is, and maybe that’ll get more people on board!

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  2. I am totally going to go hug a tree now. Honestly, I had no idea that they offered so many healing powers. I love this post, and it was the reminder I needed, so thank you for writing it! You inspire me to live my best life, so in 2018 I am going to get my shot together and make sure I visit here more often. Happy New Year!! ❤️

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  3. The highlight of my week is always my walk! Even if it’s just a couple blocks around town, it really does wonders for all aspects of your health ❤ So glad to see someone else telling people to get out for a bit!

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    1. Hey Anna, I feel exactly the same. Even a short stroll can do wonders. I’m on a little mission to get people to reconnect with nature because it’s so freaking awesome for us! Thanks for adding you voice, darling. 💜

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  4. As usual, Lyz, you’ve gone the extra (green) mile to make your post worth reading. And not just with the creepy guy on the street corner, but with concepts like shinrin-yoku and directed attention fatigue. I had not heard of these terms or (weirdly) I’d never heard the term phytoncide before, even though I work on some of these molecules in my scientific life! Pinene and all those wonderful terpenes that most of us know as essential oils / aromatherapy oils. Being around plants and eating (mostly or only) plants could be humanity’s best chance for salvation.

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    1. Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. I appreciate it more than you know. You know, I haven’t used essential oils vert regularly because I always think of the expense, but maybe it’s time I think about adding a couple into my life. Any recommendations? I smelled ylang ylang the other day and almost threw up in my mouth, so not that one lol. Maybe something for mental clarity, focus, creativity, that sort of thing. ☺

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      1. Hmmm. Mint oils are often used to help clarity and focus. You may get tired of the smell tho so perhaps mix with sth else. Sage is supposed to help with mental clarity too and may be a more interesting scent, if you can find it. Citrus oils too, I’d imagine could help to keep you alert. Personally I like woody oils like cedar.

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        1. I imagine I would get overwhelmed by mint soon enough, but sage does sound interesting. I also love grapefruit of the citruses. I’ve never taken the time to really smell the woodsy scents but I’ve been shifting to earthier candles at night time, so I should probably look into that. It’s cool how our tastes change over time. Thanks darling!

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  5. I actually love spending time in nature. I live in the countryside and all, but I’m just to lazy to even go for a walk. You should do a post on how to become a person who absolutely loves the outdoors. I need help. Even when I’m home, I spend 90% of my time inside, instead of enjoying our big patio.

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    1. I’m going to make a note of that blog post idea and see if I can help you. I know that you live in a beautiful place and you’ve got such a lovely garden. I need to find a way to get you outside. I wish I could have a house in the country and one in the city because sometimes a girl needs a good party. Maybe you can start small, like set a timer everyday to stop what you’re doing and spend 5 minutes outside, or have your morning coffee outside every morning, or evening tea. Or I bet Rosa would love a walk around to sniff things and pee on things. 🙂 xo

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