It comes as no surprise that many of us are working remotely from home or participating in distance learning. This comes with many luxuries, but the biggest downside is that we tend to have sedentary lifestyles and end up sitting at a computer for extended periods of time. The rise in physical and mental health problems can be attributed to our reliance on electronic technology. It contributes to social isolation, anxiety, and back/neck pain to just name a few. College students are particularly displaying high levels of stress, depression, and other psychological conditions.
To combat this – physicians and counselors are now prescribing what is termed as “Nature Rx”. Doctors are now prescribing outdoor activity as a way to combat health challenges. There is scientific evidence that shows time spent in a natural environment can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and improve memory and cognitive functions.
Side Effects of Nature Rx:
It may instill self-confidence. When you’re surrounded by the birds and the trees there is no one to impress. Put your best foot forward – don’t worry – be happy.
When the chatter of the world ceases to exist, you might start feeling like your authentic self again. Stay in that moment as long as you can.
In case you forgot to check in with yourself lately…I’m sure your heart, body, and soul have lots to catch you up on. Listen carefully to what they’re saying to you.
Remember that person that cut you off in traffic? They are a thing of the past. Give yourself permission to be in a good mood.
The positive side effects of being in nature are endless. Go and find out for yourself. It may bring out the best in you! At the very least, it’ll teach you something new about yourself.