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Importance of Nature for our Health and Wellbeing
Importance of Nature for our Health and Wellbeing
Nature, I mean. 
Nature is essential to our lives - from the food on our plates to the clothes we wear, from medicines to mental health benefits.

As we rush about – things to do, people to see - it’s easy to overlook the importance of nature to us, our health, our community and beyond.

Pressures of daily life have increasingly detached us from nature even though nature in many forms is there for us. Children especially have a natural affinity with nature. Evidence is growing of how regular contact with nature boosts newborn children’s healthy development, supports their physical and mental health and instils abilities to assess risk as they grow. It even underpins their informal learning and academic achievement.

This affinity tends to get knocked out of them as they grow. They come under pressure to put away childish things in favour of passing exams and getting a "proper job".

Along with digital distractions and legitimate fears about playing outdoors, the pressures are removing children from nature before our very eyes. Who can blame them for thinking an apple is a gadget first and a fruit second?

We  love to appreciate wildlife programmes, natural environments on the TV or online — but have no time in real life to get connected to nature. The problem is that now we spend more time in the electronic world, and less in the natural one. If we lose our connection with nature, what might it mean for our planet?

For children and adults alike, daily contact with nature is linked to better health, less stress, better mood, reduced obesity – an amazing list of features no other product can ever match.
Nature Activities

Ten reasons why we need more contact with nature!

  1. It improves your memory, helps you recuperate and even makes your sense of smell more acute. So turn off your computer and get outside
  2. Humans are hard-wired to love – and need – exposure to the natural world. Our inborn affiliation for nature may explain why we prefer to live in houses with particular views of the natural world.
  3. We suffer when we withdraw from nature
  4. Nature brings our senses alive
  5. Spending more time outdoors nurtures our “nature neurons” and our natural creativity. After just an hour interacting with nature, memory performance and attention spans improved by 20%. In workplaces designed with nature in mind, employees are more productive and take less sick time.
  6. Nature heals. If we are in rooms with tree views, our mental and physical health improves, we need less pain medications and we heal quickly.
  7. Nature can reduce depression and improve psychological well being. if you jog or exercise in natural green surrounding you feel more restored and less anxious, angry, or depressed than people who burn the same amount of calories jogging in a built urban setting. Nature can reduce depression and improve psychological well being.
  8. Nature bonds families and friends through hiking, gardening or engage in other outdoor activities together.
  9. Nature has positive effects on children with attention deficit disorder, asthma, and obesity, and being in nature relieves stress and improves physical health. 
  10. Children exposed to the natural world showed increases in self-esteem. They also felt it taught them how to take risks, unleashed their creativity and gave them a chance to exercise, play, and discover.

Humans play a vital role in nature just like everything else. What separates us from nature though, is the ability to understand our place within it. This cognitive capacity of ours has historically been the cause of a perceived division between man and nature. However, in order to achieve a sustainable future in which humans assume a more natural role and have less of an impact it is imperative that we reconsider our role and relationship with nature.

There are a number of ways in which we can begin to reconsider our relationship with nature, but all of which require an enormous effort.
  1. Let's encourage more family time being outdoors, than being in shopping malls, movie halls or indoor activities. Let's participate in family walks, playing in parks, outdoor picnics and planning nature walks over the weekend.
  2. Let's plan more nature camps, national park visits, wildlife tours for our children to have real connect with nature and wildlife. Encourage them in hiking, camping, fishing and hunting.
  3. Kids ages 8 to 18 spend an average of 7.5 hours a day, 7 days a week, plugged into computers, TV, video games, music, cells phones, etc. but now encourage them more to pick up activities like swimming, skating, playing football or riding a bike. 
  4. Encourage active nature behaviours, such as feeding the birds, planting flowers for bees, planting more trees, supporting organic farming groups have connection with nature and our surroundings.
Family Farming and Organic Vegatables and Fruits Camp
Family Farming and Organic Vegetables and Fruits Camp

If we want to protect our environment and biodiversity, creating opportunities to reconnect with nature is crucial for both children and adults. We need to spend more time unplugged and find ways to let nature balance our lives.

“Nature isn’t a miracle cure for diseases,” “But by interacting with it, spending time in it, experiencing it and appreciating it we can reap the benefits of feeling happier and healthier as a result.”
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