The Benefits of Nature

“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Have you ever laid down under the blanket of a night sky lit up with stars? Billions of dancing lights taunting us with their mind bending wonder in a universe that goes on... forever. It's enough to induce both awe and an existential crisis.

And what about mountain ranges, or woodland? Ocean views or lake side? Mother Nature calms us with her charming ways, even if it does feel rather overwhelming at times. A feeling I know all too well, one memory in particular standing in the shadow of Glencoe on an Autumn trip - all at once humbled, grateful and still with tears rolling down my cheeks.

So while our love for and feeling good in the great outdoors can be noted right away - rediscovering peace, appreciation and fresh air - time outside through to the rocketing popularity of wild life and nature programmes, living close to or simply regularly viewing photos of nature can also serve us in more subtle ways.

When it comes to our emotions, nature has been shown to reduce anger, fear, and stress through to boosting our overall sense of wellbeing. A walk, for example, supports our mental processes for decision making, as well as gaining perspective.