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Six Ways Nature Benefits Mental Health: A Message From Loughborough Inn

If you are feeling exhausted both mentally and physically, maybe it’s time to get back to nature.

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The benefits of nature can be enjoyed through many activities, such as sitting beneath a tree, taking a nature walk, or going on a relaxing fishing trip. Nature is a great remedy for both mind and body. Here are some of the top benefits of spending time against the backdrop of nature:

1. Reduce Stress, Increase Resilience

Both the sights and sounds of nature have been shown to help decrease stress hormones while boosting the immune system and bringing balance to the nervous system. Spending time in nature can be as effective as therapy or medication, and can sometimes be preferable.

The sense of awe inspired by nature seems to slow racing thoughts and calm frayed nerves. Lower blood pressure and a feeling of rest along with a feeling of being connected to the world outside yourself make finding a natural getaway spot well worth the effort. Spending time in nature increases the ability to deal with daily crises with less anger and anxiety. The day to day monotony of life can be easier to handle with regular nature activities.

2. Revitalized Mental Alertness

Regularly participating in outdoor nature activities rather than only indoor exercise greatly increases both physical and mental wellness. Nature activities have been shown to have a positive impact on focus in all age groups tested. Increased productivity in the workplace and attention span in the classroom can result from spending time outdoors.

Removing yourself from a stressful situation and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature can help you to think more clearly, make better decisions, or let your imagination take flight for more creative ideas. Breathing in the fresh air of a natural environment helps increase alertness and brain function.

3. Improved Sleep Patterns

Spending time in natural sunlight has been shown to help regulate your internal clock so that you can fall asleep more quickly and enjoy more satisfying rest. In today’s hectic world, quality sleep is an important buffer against depression and anxiety as well as decreased concentration levels.

Sufficient quality sleep can help improve blood pressure and stress hormone levels. Most of us spend the majority of our day in artificial lighting amid endless electronic stimulation. A rested mind is more capable of dealing with decisions and deadlines. Getting away to a natural environment can help to reset sleep patterns in order to maintain a more relaxed mental state.

4. Increased Physical Activity

Physical activity and mental health are intertwined on many levels. Activities enjoyed through nature are some of the best ways to be physically active without feeling like you’re really working at it. Often just stepping into nature seems to offer a natural motivation to move about in the light and air.

Outdoor nature activities are much more effective than indoor or urban activities when it comes to enhanced mood, increased cognitive function, and higher energy levels. Nature seems to naturally support greater self-esteem and decrease anxiety to an even greater degree when combined with enjoyable physical activities such as hiking, biking, boating or fishing.

5. Improved Relationships

Stepping away from an overstimulated electronic environment into a natural and spontaneous environment can lead to more personally engaging moments. Conversations without artificial noises or distractions can help build deeper, lasting connections with friends and family.

Increased social contact through outdoor activities can lead to a greater feeling of support and community. And having a strong support group can help you be mentally stronger in times of stress or crisis. Going on a hike, a picnic, or fishing adventure together helps build a sense of belonging and emotional stability.

6. Feeling Better

It’s a proven fact that spending time in nature enhances mood and lowers the risk of falling prey to depression, anxiety, or other mental disorders. Taking the time to decompress in a natural setting will help to balance hormones and releases tension. In short, you’ll just feel better after enjoying time in a natural setting.

Long walks in natural settings can help to regulate emotional state and responses. The patterns, colours, and sounds of nature seem to calm and balance overall mental processes. It is certainly beneficial to include time enjoying the benefits of nature in your activities calendar, for the sake of physical, emotional, and mental health.

Loughborough Inn, located in beautiful Ontario, Canada, is one location to consider for your nature-oriented getaway. Hiking, boating, fishing, and sightseeing are some of the nature activities to enjoy during your stay in this beautiful natural setting. For more information, please call Loughborough Inn at 1-833-864-9348 or contact us here.

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