Have you found that when you spend time in nature you feel refreshed and a renewed sense of well-being?
I always feel better after relaxing or exercising in nature.
 So I was not surprised that a research study published in the United Kingdom found that for “people suffering from physical illness or mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, interacting with nature can help people control their symptoms or even recover, alongside conventional medication.”
My personal experience is evidence in my own life of the truth of these research findings.
The study also found that “feeling a part of nature has been shown to significantly correlate with life satisfaction, vitality, meaningfulness, happiness, mindfulness, and lower cognitive anxiety.” I hope you feel the researched benefits of getting outside for some fresh air.

 

  • I have noticed that breathing in fresh air for a few minutes in the morning dramatically enhances and stabilizes my mood for the day.
  • If I’m having a “good day” with minimal vertigo symptoms, I like to exercise outside but I often bring my cane or a walking stick for balance on uneven surfaces and hiking trails.
  • If I’m having a “bad day,” just sitting quietly in the freshness of the outdoors soothes me and relaxes my nervous system.
Fall is the perfect time to get out so let’s take advantage and experience all of the beauty and peace that nature has to offer. Sometimes I take a rest on a solid boulder or a fallen log, noticing the drops of dew on nearby plants and stones. The birds chirping and the squirrels gathering nuts for the winter help me expand my view to witness the bigger picture and the cyclical nature of life.
From hiking in nature to sitting on the front porch, nature has a lot to offer us to support our well-being, regardless of our level of mobility.

This is the first Bible passage that I memorized when I began to study the Bible and I keep it in my heart:

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

he refreshes my soul.” -Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)

 

This blog post is provided for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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