Re-Discoveries: the Joy of Being Outside
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The power of nature is no secret. From breathtaking valleys that seem to cut through the
earth to awe-inspiring mountains that tower above us, nature reminds us of our place in
this hectic world. Spending time in nature prompts us to remember that the hustle and
bustle of daily life isn’t as important as we sometimes imagine it to be. Nature grounds us
firmly on our feet.
Endless studies analyzing human behavior show us that being in nature has significant
benefits on both mental and physical well-being. And yet research suggests we’re more
disconnected now than ever before. Modern-day living places increased value on busy cities, video games, movies, and other activities that keep us inside and away from our
Keep reading to learn more about why it’s so important to spend time outside, and how to connect with nature in a meaningful way.
Why Is It Important to Connect With Nature?
Nature brings a sense of wonder and flow to people’s minds, which helps them feel
regenerated and lifts their mood. Forbes highlights a study by the University of California,
which correlates the awe-inspiring experiences of nature with the release of positive-effect
proteins that improve well-being and boost creativity.
A Sense of Belonging
We often talk about nature as a separate entity from us. The truth is, we’re as much a part
of nature as the trees growing in our gardens. Spending time in the mountains, out in the
elements or by the sea offers an alternative perspective, reminding us of our place on this
earth and increasing feelings of connectedness. Belonging is a fundamental human need
and in nature, every one of us belongs.
However you connect with nature, whether on a daily walk around your local park or on a rock climbing excursion, it will positively affect your physical health. The outside world
inspires people to move their bodies, get their heart rates up, and build strength, enhancing
fitness and nature wellness. CNN highlights a recent study that demonstrates how
spending time in nature may even reduce the amount of medications people need to take!
Bonding With Others
Picking up a new hobby and spending more time outside might help you meet more people ,
too! It gets you out there, doing things, and having fun — you never know what else might
be in store beyond the typical benefits of bonding with nature. Why not spend a family day
out doing something outside the box like kayaking, fishing, or hiking? You can strengthen
bonds with loved ones while enjoying the delights of nature, too.
Learning how to connect with nature spiritually is a wonderful way of becoming more
mindful in everyday life – which will certainly serve you well when it comes to dealing with
life’s little ups and downs. To hone your skill, practice mindfulness while absorbing the
natural occurrences around you, focusing on your breathing. Be ready to notice that distant
birdsong, the gentle swish of branches in the wind, or the lapping of waves on the shore,
and allow nature’s raw beauty and depth to energize your mind, body, and spirit.
Last (but certainly not least) is the sheer beauty of nature. Those quiet moments spent
admiring the intricate patterns on a butterfly wing or soaking up the colors of a sunset
dancing across a lake bring a feeling that is hard to describe. Connect with nature and
embrace feelings of amazement, appreciation, and wonder.
Ways to Connect With Nature
Enjoy valuable one-on-one time with nature and head on a retreat spent in nature.
Venturing into the heart of the wilderness with guidance may inspire you to ditch the phone
and laptop, freeing you to be present in every moment. A retreat may also offer you food ,
accommodation, and entertainment.
Take yourself on a no-frills ‘retreat’ by heading out with a tent and a camping stove to
spend the night. Bring the whole family along and go back to basics in a lush green pine
forest, somewhere with a coastal backdrop, or high in the sky on a mountain.
A nature trip doesn’t have to be a commitment, and there’s no set time frame. Stepping out
for a half-day hike in the Swatara state park (check out this hiking tutorial), a quick wild
swim, or even sporting clays will nourish your soul, laying the foundations for a deep
connection with nature. Find the Adventure Explorations headquarters at the Outfitter & ;
Adventure building within the grounds of The Hotel Hershey, where you can begin your
relationship with nature — the experiences are waiting for you.
A bushcraft class allows you to tap into your inner adventurer while gaining knowledge
and having fun. You’ll learn essential survival techniques like navigation, fire-crafting, and
If the outside world is inaccessible to you but you crave that connection, why not start
researching an element of nature that interests you? Read about the deepest crater lakes
on earth, the most mind-boggling mushroom varieties, or the different animal species that
dwell in your state.
Treating yourself to the endless benefits of nature is easier than you think. It’s simply a
matter of deciding to step outside with intention and respect. Incorporate outdoorsy
activities into your daily life and weekly habits to develop your bond with nature. Remind
yourself that you’re a part of nature too, and reap the grounding, energizing, empowering
benefits of true nature wellness.