How Nature Impacts Our Wellbeing

Updated: Jul 13, 2020

So for anyone who hasn't already guessed, one of the reasons that I started The Botanical Bunch is to spend more time around nature and be more creative. Who wouldn't want to sit in the garden and play with flowers all day if they had the chance?

Over the past few months, with our options for entertainment relinquishing, we have all looked to exploring the outdoors. From walks in the woods, parks or to any part of greenery that we can find by us. Other than the obvious reason, to get off the sofa and get some steps in, it kept us amused and distracted for a small part of the day.

What many people may not realise is that it will have also helped us with anxiety, depression and stress.

Being around nature is proven to improve our mental health state and there are many studies to prove so. I have personally found the topic really rewarding to research and so wanted to share it with you to help encourage us to keep it up post lock down, we all need a time to destress from our normal lives too!

Here is what I found....

Research shows that our environments can increase or reduce stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working.

The stress of an unpleasant environment can cause you to feel anxious, or sad, or helpless. This in turn elevates your blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension and suppresses your immune system. A pleasing environment reverses that.

Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to-