It’s no great surprise that the founder of organic architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, had an affinity for the outdoors. But for us mere mortals who don’t base our life’s work around nature, it still has so much to offer. This is not a soft and fluffy thought provoker: there's much evidence to suggest that those who are grounded and inspired by nature perform and sleep better. Did you know:
- Exposure to nature brings an assortment of benefits, including improved attention, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders, and increase in empathy and cooperation.
- Living near green spaces improves peoples’ mental wellbeing, reduces stress and can even lower crime rates.
- People recover faster from stress, mental fatigue and physical illness when they can gaze upon a natural landscape rather than an urban one (or worse, a brick wall).
- If you live near water, you’ll likely live longer and report better mental health and wellbeing.
- Getting your hands dirty in the garden is a great way to reduce depression and anxiety, and also boost your life satisfaction, quality of life and sense of community.
So our question for you today is: are you getting enough access to nature? In an ideal world, we’d all aim to get amongst it each and everyday (at least 120 minutes per week
is the sweet spot, apparently). This might mean walking along your local river or beach, having a picnic in the park, or just pottering around your garden. And if you really can’t get outside, studies have found that watching a nature show can make you happier – a little less inspiring than the real thing, of course, but a boost to your wellbeing just the same.
It might sound like a cliché, but nature truly does provide nourishment for the body, mind and soul. It allows us to disconnect from technology and the general busyness we normally surround ourselves with – it gives our brain the stillness it needs to recharge and refocus. Nature never fails you …
– The Coach Place Global
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