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    The Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

    Credit: Medical News Today
    There’s nothing quite like the rejuvenating effects of being outdoors.

    Personally, I’m not very inclined towards outdoor activities. I enjoy sunny days, fresh breezes, and observing wildlife; it’s primarily the insects that I find bothersome. Nonetheless, it’s crucial to step outside regularly. Being exposed to a bit of vitamin D from the sun, feeling a calming breeze, witnessing ducks amusingly shaking their tails; these experiences are not only relaxing in a general sense but are also advantageous for your well-being.

    Research conducted at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom has revealed that individuals who interact with the natural environment on a regular basis manifest enhancements in both their physical and mental states. Merely peeking out the window for a brief moment won’t suffice. You must have an emotional tie to a place for it to have a positive impact on you. When I mention “emotional connection,” I’m referring to a place that brings you joy. A place where you meet your friends, or a spot where you can find a moment of tranquility. A place where you enjoy going with your dog, or a location where you can observe a specific group of animals. Essentially, any spot that you can visit routinely and engage in the same activities. Ideally, this would be a park or a nature trail, but in a dilemma, your own backyard would probably suffice.

    How frequently should you interact with nature to experience a difference in your well-being? Naturally, you should spend as much time outdoors as is comfortable for you, but time constraints are a reality. If you can allocate at least an hour per week to being outdoors, you will reap some benefits. As for the activities you can engage in, well, choose whatever appeals to you. Have a picnic, read a book, engage with your dog, whatever brings you joy. As long as you’re embracing the fresh air and sunlight, you’re on the right track.

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