Almost all of us have been awestruck by nature at one time or another, whether walking alongside a cool trickling stream, watching the sunset over the prairie, or hearing the wind blow through the trees. Being outdoors and aware of the world’s beauty can make anyone feel energized and alive.
Since JUNE was the GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH, it’s the perfect time to live the “wild life” and embrace your natural environment.
So what is it about enjoying nature that makes us so much healthier? While there are many theories, one leading hypothesis is that being outside increases our Vitamin D intake, which is essential for preventing cancer, hormonal problems, obesity, inflammation, and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Being in a natural setting can also help increase the quality of sleep. Studies show that natural sunlight helps set the body’s internal clock which tells us when to eat and sleep, and normalizes hormonal functions that occur at specific times of the day.
Enjoying the outdoors also gives humans a break from technology and the on-the-run lifestyle to which we’re all so accustomed. When outside, individuals have a clearer mindset to mix with friends, spend quiet time alone or even play with a pet.