Nature and Mental Health: Smell the Roses!

Sometimes in life getting out into nature is therapeutic by itself.

Imagine anything from just going on a walk to hiking in the grand canyon. Nature does wonders for our mental health because just being immersed in nature can be therapeutic on its own.

Why Is Nature Important?

Think about the world we live in. There is nature all around us. The world that we live in really is such a beautiful place. It is so important to sometimes just go for a walk, travel, see something new. Life is really busy and we spend a lot of our time indoors in offices, meetings, appointments, even social gatherings. Getting outdoors and getting exposure to the vastness of our world is so beneficial in so many ways. Nature can be anything too! It does not have to be anything that you are not comfortable doing. Nature is just a short way of saying get out there and explore the vast possibilities of life beyond what you might be aware of.

Nature and Mental Health

The correlation between nature and mental health for me is a matter of perspective. Nature and beauty are in the eye of the beholder. Nature in it is different for everyone and everyone has different definitions of the word nature. So making this correlation is challenging, but that does not mean that it does not exist. Throughout everyday life, we don’t always realize the magnitude of the world around us. For me, just thinking about the world and its vastness gives me chills because there is so much that we don’t know.

Smell The Roses

Get out there and smell the roses! Immerse yourself in the world around you. You will be amazed as to how your issues of the day just don’t seem as pressing. That does not mean that they are not important or relevant to you or anyone else. It gives you an opportunity to relax your mind and remind yourself of the most productive and satisfying ways to live your life. Nature has an uncanny power to do this that I cannot fully explain because it is different for everyone. The idea that nature is therapeutic might sound far-fetched because nature does not necessarily have a tangible impact on our day-to-day lives. Or maybe we just forget about the impact it really does have. Go for a walk and look around. You will realize that the first thing you will probably see is the sun, trees, grass, the sky. That is all a part of nature and we would not be here without any of that. The Nature fix dives deep into these concepts and really explores how nature can make us all happier. Getting out there and smelling the roses sometimes just makes our days a little brighter, literally and figuratively.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line here is that nature is a hidden element of mental health that really can have a huge impact on our moods, feelings, emotions, and thoughts. Learning how to use nature to our advantage can give us a huge edge and we can use this edge to accomplish more of what we want to accomplish.

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