We’ve long known that connecting with nature has a powerful influence over us.
Studies evaluating the effect of nature on healing show that this effect is real and not just imagined.
Using nature videos, artwork and exposure to the outdoors, researchers show that recovery from surgery is faster, the length of hospital stays are reduced and the healing process is enhanced.
Natural spaces stimulated creativity, engagement, and problem solving yet at the same time add a sense of peacefulness and calm.
Nature gives us a respect for our interconnectedness, adds meaning and purpose to life.
Hospitals, hospice programs and healing arts practitioners now intentionally add nature to their décor and environment to enhance personal healing.
Nature therapy is a growing field of professionals in the healing arts that are using the sights sounds and touch of nature in their programs. Follow these simple tips to bring the outdoors into work and living space
· Add colorful flowers and plants especially during the grey winter months
· Use the soothing sounds of nature to help you fall asleep or help you fight stress
· Fill your walls with artwork that depicts nature scenes and memories
· Create that outdoor get away to get lost in nature. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate deck or patio. A well placed chair outside may be all you need.
· Enjoy the benefits of a small fish tank, potted fern or bird feeder.
· Use stone, wood and shells as centerpieces or accents in your home rather than commercially bought items.
· Collect items such as rocks or leaves on your trips as both a reminder and way to bring your experience home.