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I’m always looking for the folks who have something to say about what nature does for their real lives: The people who utilize the outdoors as a part of their self-care practice, whose lives have been changed or even saved by nature. The people who go to the woods to grieve and heal, who hike to stay sober or to not kill themselves.
Our brains, he says, aren’t tireless three-pound machines; they’re easily fatigued. When we slow down, stop the busywork, and take in beautiful natural surroundings, not only do we feel restored, but our mental performance improves too.
Our sensory system evolved in the natural world and when we’re in those spaces, our brains become relaxed because these are things that we were designed to look at, hear and to smell.
Unsurprisingly, the bench-sitters who experienced five to 15 minutes of nature reported a “reliably improved” emotional state via a significant increase in positive and “self-transcendent” emotions, with the duration outside (five minutes versus 15) having no impact on results.
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams
Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
From Outside Online: The Nature Cure
Outside Online has highlighted the nation-wide public health campaign of prescribing nature… or as we like to call it “Parkscribing”. Bellingham is highlighted in this article, shining a spotlight on a couple of local doctors.
Jane is our Program Manager for Parkscriptions and is currently studying Environmental Psychology at Western Washington University. She just came back from a year abroad in Tasmania, Australia, but now you can find her out climbing, biking, skiing or running anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in the great state of Washington, Jane wants to help people get outside and enjoy all this place has to offer!