It is so easy to become caught up in the busyness of the day, and to forget about the beautiful world we live in. Yet studies show that interaction with nature can improve our well-being by reducing stress and anger, clarify our thinking, and provide us with a sense of connection to something greater than ourselves. In 2015, 35% of Australians reported a significant level of stress in their lives, and anxiety levels in Australians were the highest they have been in five years. Given these statistics, we think that it is vital that each of us do something beneficial for our own well-being – reconnecting with the wonder of nature is a great way to do this.
In one of our favourite TED talks, Nature. Beauty. Gratitude. (watch below), I was inspired by what Louie Schwartzberg had to say. He explained that taking time to notice the world around us brings us into the present moment and helps us to be mindful. It is impossible to appreciate nature without slowing down, and therefore it breaks the cycle of busyness and stress. Each day is unique, a gift that we can cultivate, should we choose to. The world may never be exactly as it is at this moment again. So why not notice the formation of the clouds in the sky, or the colours of the leaves on the trees? Why don’t you eat lunch outside in a park, taking time to notice the beauty surrounding you? These are simple things that we can do that will improve the way we feel and live.
Personally, I find that when I remember to look around me, I feel more positive about myself and about the day. Therefore I encourage you to give it a go, to make a conscious choice to reconnect with nature.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”
– Rachel Casson
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