Another ultimate restoration for the soul is spending time in nature. Richard Louv, journalist and author, believes modern society has created nature-deficit disorder. Sounds bleak, doesn’t it?
Bottom line: Nature is restorative. Gone may be the days of spending endless hours outdoors. However, consciously spending time in nature impacts our senses and our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
I believe you intuitively recognize the healing power of regular exposure to Vitamin N (Nature) — breathing fresh air, feeling the sunshine on your face, hearing sounds of birds or ocean waves hitting the shore, and more. The rhythm of nature entrains you to a place of calmness and serenity.
Practical ways to spend more time in nature:
- Go outside for 5 minutes a day and breathe in the fresh air.
- Open your windows at night for sleeping (bring nature to you).
- Go for a walk outside in your neighborhood. If you have more time, go for a hike in a park.
- Go to the local farmer’s market.
- Go for a bike ride.