4 Reasons Why Spending Time With Nature Is Beneficial to Your Health

Nov 16, 2015 08:47 PM EST | By Jeanell Sumagpao

With the increasing invention of technology and newly discovered interests to pursue, people are mostly caught up with a lot of things that they tend to forget to take a deep breath and enjoy the beauty of nature. Previous studies show how spending time with nature will give you several health benefits. Here are some of them.

Fights addiction and boost self-control. A recent study from researchers at University of Montana found that hiking or camping outside while enjoying nature is beneficial in disciplining one's self-control. It was also proven to heal addiction. Dr. Mereditn Berry, psychologist at University of Montana stated, ""This line of research does provide initial evidence that exposure to natural environments beneficially influences how we make future-oriented decisions."

Helps prevent depression. A study from 2009 released in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health showed that a person's access to nature is connected to his chance of having depression. The study found that those who have little access to nature are more likely to feel anxious and have depression than those who live near green areas. One possible reason for this is that the nature gives a person a calming feeling and time to meditate, hence provides a chance to be relieved from all the day's work full of stress.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: A woman walks past trees that are begining to show their autumn colours in the early morning light at the Ashton Court Estate on October 12, 2015 in Bristol, England.
(Photo : Getty Images) BRISTOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: A woman walks past trees that are begining to show their autumn colours in the early morning light at the Ashton Court Estate on October 12, 2015 in Bristol, England.

A source of Vitamins for our bodies. Sunlight is the most common source of Vitamin D. It is the supplement needed by the body to fight against osteoporosis and cancer. According to Marelisa Fabrega, a Juris doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and entrepreneur, "The amount of sunlight that you need depends on your skin tone. Light skinned individuals need about 10 minutes of sunlight a day, while darker skinned individuals may need from fifteen to twenty minutes of sunlight."

It brings out creativity in you. A test was conducted which shows that those who spend more time with nature have their creativity boosted compared to those who don't. The researchers noted, "the constant distractions and stimulation of modern life are a threat, and they sap our resources. When we're in nature our minds can drop down those threat responses, which leaves us with leftover resources which we can apply to being more creative."


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