I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
The National Heart Association wants you to slow down and appreciate your life. One way they recommend doing this is by getting outdoors. They report the findings of a study reported in the 2014 Frontiers in Psychology journal.
Our modern-day brains crave Mother Nature. Though humans stopped living outdoors long ago, we still have a positive physical connection to nature. When we don’t spend enough time outside in the sunshine and in a natural environment, our health can suffer in several ways, both mentally and physically.
Research shows you can lower your stress level if you spend just a little time with nature daily. Being outdoors reduces episodes of negative thinking, you get a boost of natural energy, and you’re less likely to feel depressed.
Fatigue, stress, negative thoughts, and depression are all symptoms of our busy daily lives that require us to keep going and keep working harder and faster. Spending a few minutes outside is the free and natural treatment for these symptoms of the typically busy life.
Time Spent Consciously Engaging with Nature Begs You to Slow Down and Be Aware
Researchers Janet Frey Talbot and Stephen Kaplan wanted to see how nature might affect human consciousness. In 1986 they reported their findings based on 10 years of tracking exposure to wilderness experiences.
Participants of this in-depth study reported having little to no awareness of time when they were on some wilderness excursion. When they returned to their daily routines, they wanted to slow down and simplify their lives. They mentioned that they wanted to consume less and had these beliefs because spending extensive time in nature gave them a better understanding of what mattered.
Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where your every moment wasn’t occupied with worrying about time?
Our current lives are driven by time. We have constant and relentless pressure to keep going and keep producing. We are told to work harder and faster. Road rage is rampant because we’ve been convinced that we can’t get where we’re going quickly enough … even if we have all day to get there. Our personal and workplace relationships suffer because we’ve been programmed in our modern lives for constant motion.
You can slow down the world and appreciate your life more simply by returning to your roots. Though you exist in a modern world far from natural in many ways, you are still a natural being. Take some time to interact with nature, and you can slow down the crazy world you live in. This means less stress and a better appreciation of your life and world.
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