Yoram Yasur Blume explains the benefits of spending time in nature
Since immemorial time nature has been revered and even some communities have conferred the character of gods to the four elements as well as the sun and the moon. Yoram Yasur Blume: “As it turns out, today science confirms the numerous benefits that we have from spending time in nature: from improving our mood and improving our work performance to living longer”.
- Promotes mental clarity and concentration:
If we had to name the amount of things we do on the day, it might take a long time. Is that today’s life often leads us to be in several tasks at once which in general produces stress, confusion and lack of concentration. Well, numerous scientific studies show that spending a single hour in nature or just looking at pictures of beautiful landscapes can improve our short-term memory and our concentration up to 20%.
- It improves the mood:
Yoram Yasur Blume: “A group of researchers analyzed the effect of walking 90 minutes in nature compared to walking in the city. The results showed that the simple activity of taking an outdoor walk in contact with nature reduces the activity of the brain linked to depression”. Other studies focused on shinrin-yoku or “forest baths” (a ritual widespread in Japan) demonstrated that spending time in contact with nature greatly reduces cortisol levels. So if you feel anxiety, sadness or stress, you should not hesitate to take a walk in a nearby park.
- Improve the quality of sleep:
Yoram Yasur Blume: “A group of scientists from the University of Colorado conducted a study to verify if there was any relationship between spending time in nature and the quality of sleep. They found that camping is a truly effective way to combat insomnia because it calibrates the body’s circadian rhythms. In case you do not like to sleep in a tent, you can choose to walk barefoot through a forest or a park for a few minutes and then enjoy a good night’s sleep”.
- The exercise becomes easier
It seems incredible, right? Well, you better start believing it: it has been shown that hiking for 45 minutes makes us more attentive, awake and less tired. You know; if you want a better performance in your physical activity, think seriously about doing it outdoors.
- Inflammation decreases
“Rooting” or the practice of earthing may sound like a practice that only the hippies of the 60s believed to work. However, today science shows that walking barefoot on the ground not only reduces physical pain and improves the quality of sleep but also decreases inflammation and strengthens the immune system.