Are You Vitamin ‘N,’ as in ‘Nature,’ Deficient?

Schedule outdoors time, as you never know what wonders await you. (Image: flickr_HloySkittles_cc)

Image: (flickr_HloySkittles_cc)
Schedule outdoors time, as you never know what wonders await you. (Image: flickr_HloySkittles_cc) Image: (flickr_HloySkittles_cc)

Over the millennia, humans were born into a culture with strong connections to the land and the natural environment. But with the drastic changes in lifestyles, many people today do not get their daily, or even weekly, fix of nature.

Nature deficit disorder (NDD) is only a new concept, describing the symptoms of being disconnected from nature. And its impact on children can be severe.

Spending time with nature boosts health and creativity.

Some major side-effects of NDD identified in children are stunted academic and developmental growth. If its effects are that destructive to children, it undoubtedly affects adults too.

Fortunately, this deficiency is free and simple to cure: more time playing, working, simply existing in the natural outdoors, starting in your own backyard.

Nature works in mysterious and subtle ways. We are not always aware of its effects on us. It has the ability to make us feel alive,  grounded, calm, and bring our thinking back to neutral—without distractions.

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‘Shinrin Yoku,’ a habit we would all benefit from. (Image: pixabay.com)

In Japan, the term Shinrin Yoku  literally means “forest-bathing.” It describes a conscious and meditative stroll through the forest, taking in the atmosphere with all your senses, and reconnecting with who you are.

You can enjoy your own Shinrin Yoku in a park, the beach, lake, or in any green-space near your home. And do stop to smell the flowers—this is your time!

Do you remember the soft touch of moss?  Image: pixabay.com

Do you remember the soft touch of moss? (Image: pixabay.com)

Colors everywhere!  Image: pixabay.com

Nature has the best color scheme combinations, don’t you think? (Image: pixabay.com)

Let's not forget the tinny fellas that are wondering around. Image: pixabay.com

Let’s not forget the tiny fellas that are wondering around. (Image: pixabay.com)

Cute interesting tinny fella  Image: pixabay.com

One of nature’s many interesting creatures. (Image: pixabay.com)

 

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