Posted in Earth, Health, mental-health, nature

Reconnecting with Nature

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week of vacationing and writing and I must say I had an excellent time on vacay. Nothing like getting out on the water and soaking up some sun.

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy this awesome summer weather, too. Winter is coming and school is just around the corner for my guys. This school year is going to be different. Masks are recommended, but not required and the students will have to try and maintain a social distance of six feet.

I’m not ready for back to school. We’re returning this year a week earlier than we normally do and I feel we’ve been cheated out of some of our summer. I’m sure my boys feel the same way.

But enough about that, today I’d like to talk about the human connection with the Earth. I find it amazing that we can go for a hike in the woods or a walk along the beach and our spirits lift. They do. I’ve experienced it myself. We’ve forgotten about that connection in our hurry to build and create.

As a society we need to slow down and reconnect with nature.  I feel everything we need we can get from the earth. It provides food and water and by walking in the woods or on the beach we can improve our overall health.

It’s true, the trees in the woods release phytoncides. They’re a defense mechanism against fungus, bacteria, and even animals. These compounds are good for humans as well. According to one study, they enhanced the destructive mechanism in our cells that kill the cell when its time has run out. It also enhanced the anti-cancer proteins production.  Now that is good news.

To put this in layman’s terms, breathing in phytoncides enhances our own natural defenses.  I think this is incredible. It supports the theory that we’re all connected, with each other, and with nature.

Being in nature is also a great stress reliever as well. Studies have found that the stress hormone cortisol is lower when walking in nature. It also puts you in a meditative state and allows your creativity to flow.

Not only is walking in the woods good for you, but so is walking on the beach. Getting out into the sun is a great way to increase the Vitamin D in your system. That’s one major health benefit of going to the beach, but it’s also a great stress reliever. When you get near the water and hear the waves breaking on the shore, it releases serotonin in your system. Serotonin is a key hormone for relaxation and happiness.

Walking on the beach isn’t just good for our mental health, it’s good for our physical health as well. If you’re near the ocean the saltwater has anti-bacterial antibodies in it. So, if you have a wound that needs to be cleansed. Dip it in the ocean. Salt water also contains iodine which is a great antiseptic. It’s also an amazing immune system booster. It helps the thyroid gland do its job which boosts our immune system.

With all these health benefits, why would become the indoor generation? Technology has taken us out of the fields and put us inside and it has been detrimental to our health. We need to take our health back and reconnect with nature. We also need to take care of the Earth. With all the health benefits it provides it’s a key element to our survival, wouldn’t you agree?

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. Don’t you think getting back to nature is vital for us humans? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

Author:

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

22 thoughts on “Reconnecting with Nature

  1. Great pics–and thoughts. Our new puppy sure is getting me outside more, which is a good thing! Just recently I found out that my Vitamin D level was very low, so I do try to get out there, but I have heard that unless you live in Florida or farther south, the sun’s rays won’t cut it, so you have to take supplements. Very important for calcium absorption, so we can keep getting outside on our strong bones! My guys start school tomorrow–ugh, none of us is ready. Just feels like we still have too much summer left to worry about homework and all that! I guess I’d better accept it, so they can!

    1. I hear you about school. I’m not too happy about how early we’re starting but there’s nothing I can do about it. Thanks for stopping by and commiserating with me! I appreciate it! 🙂

  2. I agree 100% that we all need to get outside more often. Being an “indoor society” has caused so many health problems. People tend to sit all day. Their posture is horrible (look at any teen-age kid these days and see their slumped shoulders), their eyes are going bad from looking at screens all day, and they aren’t getting any of the natural vitamins and supplements their body needs from being outside. Not to mention everyone is lazy these days.

    I love that you’ve included all of the science here. It just makes so much sense.

    Now I want to go to the beach!

    Have a great day.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Yes! I want to go to the beach too! I’m looking forward a long and hot September so I can do just that. Fingers crossed! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I agree we’ve become the indoor generation much to the detriment of our health.

  3. Since the pandemic, I think we all have learned the benefits of being in nature, even if just enjoying the backyard. Wonderful, informative post, Lisa! Enjoy the sunshine, my friend!

    1. Thanks, Corinne! I enjoyed my blogcation. Got to spend some time in nature which was much needed. Like you said, it’s so important for our well being. I appreciate you stopping by!

  4. When do your kids get off for the summer that they have to be back so early? Ours don’t start until September 7th. But it’s been so hot here that no one can enjoy the outdoors right now!

    1. School ends in the beginning of June. We’ve started a week early and I don’t know if it’s in anticipation of snow days or what, but it sure put a crimp in our summer. They’ve come home early for the last two days because of the heat which they loved. LOL!

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