Have you ever wondered why humans crave being outdoors so much? Have you ever wondered how much of an impact being outside and in nature can have on us? Studies consistently show that being in nature can improve health in many different ways. And it all has to do with evolutionary psychology!
A study has shown that children who spent more time outside had better vision than children who did not spend as much time outside. This is just one of the many benefits of being in nature that can improve our health. Nature has shown to improve the nervous system, aid the gastrointestinal system, and reduce the chance of eyesight problems. Other studies, though with weaker evidence, have established links between being outdoors in nature and lower BMI and increased chance of recovery from a disease.
A 2008 study has found that being in the great outdoors aids in cognitive processes such as memory, retention, and emotion regulation. Studies have also shown that being in the fresh air helps in reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Not only that, but being outside has been linked to improved focus, awareness, and concentration.
With increased mood regulation, memory function, and improved overall health, the holistic wellbeing of one can affect their social life positively. Not to mention, being outside in nature is a great social activity which can bring about great memories and bonding time between friends.
Though the research is ongoing, the benefits of nature cannot be denied, so next time you’re feeling bored or tired, lace up your shoes and head outside.
Questions about the benefits of nature to discuss:
- What are some outdoor places near you you frequent often?
- Where do you go when you are feeling stressed?
- How has it affected you living in various places closer or farther away from nature?