Nature supports your health and wellbeing – here’s how | Sponsored
When you are immersed in nature, you can feel its effects.
Feeling the breeze on your skin, hearing the birds chirping, seeing landscapes with bright splashes of color – these experiences reset us, and it’s not imagined.
The evidence shows that these effects are real. Nature interacts with our brain and body, improving our health and well-being.
A recent study found that just two hours a week in nature improved participants’ health and well-being.
It makes sense. We are part of the natural world. We came from there and we return to it. So, naturally, that gives us back the in-between.
Today, we are bombarded with the opposite of nature’s therapeutic effects. Screens of all kinds – and the information they contain – wear us out.
That’s why getting out into nature is essential, to escape the daily pressures of the modern world. Let’s explore how this directly impacts different parts of our human experience and our health.
Calm your mind and lift your mood
The restorative feeling you actually have in nature has a name: “sweet fascination”.
In a city, our mind tracks constant movement, loud sounds and their location, lights and signage – information that goes beyond what we are even aware of.
In nature, we absorb in a relaxed and conscious state. We don’t have to analyze multiple systems. Instead of being on high alert, we can breathe fresh air – at a naturally slower pace – to find calm and peace.
It is therefore not surprising that natural environments help to bad mood and depression. It can compensate for modern life and screen time. Just a regular walk can dramatically improve our mood and productivity.
Heal your body and reduce pain
Our body reacts to nature, just like our mind. In a group of gallbladder surgery patients, half with views of trees from their windows had less pain compared to those without sight. Those with views of green spaces had shorter hospital stays with fewer medications and complications.
This shows that even being close to nature can have a positive impact on our body. This is increased when sitting in the grass, for example – and even more so when cycling, swimming or walking your dog.
Better connect, feel joy and increase empathy
Nature also helps us to connect more with others, to experience collective joy and to show empathy.
A study of schoolchildren in Barcelona found that those who lived closer to green spaces and beaches got along better (and were more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior). This also affects urban landscapes. Another study showed that these communities had better neighborly relations and less violent crime.
In a world where screens have come to further divide and separate us, nature can help us remember how to reconnect on a meaningful level.
Find solace from sorrow
Natural landscapes can soothe intense emotions and help us feel closer to others, softening losses of all kinds. Grieving is intensified by loneliness. Nature reminds us that we are all part of something and helps us connect better with others.
The grieving process is different for everyone – and is not a straight line. This can lead to, among other things, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress, anxiety and chronic grief. Nature brings comfort and relief.
Memorial forests like Better Place Berkshires Forests provide an option where mourners can feel held in a calming space to grieve. Being surrounded by nature can have an increased calming effect compared to an urban cemetery. To learn more about this option, call 877-830-8311.
A client of One Better Place Forests put it this way:
“I spent several days walking in the forest. When you listen to the birds, the wind, the rustling of the leaves and the falling snow, it is a monumental and picturesque experience. You feel like you’re part of something bigger, which is why I think this will resonate with a lot of people.
This feeling is why many people choose memorial forests for their end-of-life projects. They know family and friends will have a place to go to remember them, feel connected, and process emotions, also creating a bonding experience.
This resting place will help protect the forest for future loved ones – in a green space that offers all the blessings that can help them heal.
“It’s the decision to be part of nature and preserve our beautiful trees and forests. It’s a decision to help reforestation and reverse climate change. And, ultimately, it’s my decision. My family will have peace of mind.
– Better Place Forests client, Cathy F.
You can choose a forest as your resting place
Choosing a tree for your ashes can help everyone around you enjoy all the benefits of nature.
You will also leave a conservation legacy. Your tree helps protect the forest and all its inhabitants. Plus, with every commemorative tree purchase, we plant reforestation saplings through our partnership with One Tree Plantedto help reforest America.
End-of-life projects are deeply personal. Learn more about memorial trees optional – and immerse yourself in nature – by visiting our Berkshires Forest. Or take a free online guided tour with one of our advisors. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have – just give us a call at 877-830-8311.