The need for the fresh air, the sight of trees, the sea waves and the birds chirping are something that we should be experiencing every day, we should be putting time aside to reconnect with nature. Living in cities has made our physical activities to be indoors leaving us with little to no contact with nature.
The University of Derby’s research[i] specifically found that people’s health, happiness, and love for nature increased when they were exposed to it for a long period of time. In children, it showed a significant amount of improved self esteem and unleashed their creativity, plus, it gave them a chance to exercise, play and discover nature and themselves. According to the CPPAHC, children spend an average of 6 hours a day looking at their electronic devices and visits to parks have decreased.
When you are feeling a bit down, a walk to the nearest park might be good for you. Here are the reasons why:
Reduces blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones. Doctors even recommend having a plant in every room of your house. So, go to the shopping mall and get some seeds and pot to rejuvenate your health. It also shows that people living within nature have a sense of calmness and hardly experience tension, whether with their partners or family because their part of the brain that encourages empathy and love lights up around nature. It also increases social connections and community cohesion. Plant your own vegetables and herbs, the pride that comes from seeing your hard work on a plate is just as good as the benefits you get from them. Planting will also encourage you to spend more time outside so it’s a definite win-win situation.
We all have our anxiety episodes or days where we just feel emotional pain, being within nature helps soothe the pain. When in the midst of an unhealthy state of mind, book yourself off and find a place with nature and rejuvenate because it helps improve your mental state and lowers your feeling of depression. This is beneficial because we as humans are naturally attracted to nature so our minds work different under nature, it even increases concentration span and prevents boredom.
Our busy schedules almost make it impossible to do all the above mentioned, but with all the listed benefits, trying wouldn’t kill you as much as not trying could. Book yourself a getaway to our reserve and enjoy a lovely stay at one of our self-catering camps at Zwartkloof Private Game Reserve. The scenery, animals plus our furnished amenities will help you become one with nature. We also have a wide range of activities to do on sight such as archery, paintball, climbing walls and zipline. Email our booking department at firstname.lastname@example.org.