Connecting with Nature: How Spending Time Outdoors Can Boost Your Well-Being

By  Casey Martin

PR Account Manager, J.Flowers Health Institute


In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget the importance of connecting with nature. While individualism and self-reliance are crucial values, spending time outdoors can be beneficial for everyone. In this article, we will explore how being in nature can boost your well-being.

The Benefits of Being in Nature

There are numerous benefits to spending time in nature. One of the most significant is improved mental health. According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, being in nature can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety while boosting overall mood and well-being [1]. Additionally, exposure to sunlight can increase levels of vitamin D, which has been linked to improved immune function and bone health.

Spending time in nature also provides an opportunity for physical activity. Whether you’re hiking, swimming or simply taking a walk through a park, outdoor activities help improve cardiovascular health and strengthen muscles.

Disconnecting from Technology

In today’s world, we are constantly connected to technology. We spend hours each day staring at screens, whether it be our phones, computers or televisions. While technology has its benefits, it can also be detrimental to our health and well-being.

Spending time outdoors allows us to disconnect from technology and focus on the present moment. When we’re outside surrounded by trees, mountains or bodies of water, we are forced to be mindful of our surroundings rather than constantly checking our devices.

Building Resilience

Connecting with nature can also help build resilience. When we face challenges or setbacks in life, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and lose perspective. Spending time outdoors provides an opportunity to step back and gain perspective on our problems.

Nature is unpredictable – storms may come without warning or trails may be more challenging than expected – but overcoming these obstacles builds resilience and confidence that can translate into other areas of life.

Improving Creativity

Finally, spending time in nature has been shown to improve creativity. According to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, people who spend time outdoors score higher on tests measuring creativity than those who don’t [2]. Whether you’re an artist looking for inspiration or simply seeking new ideas for problem-solving at work, spending time in nature may provide the creative boost you need.


In conclusion, connecting with nature is essential for personal growth and well-being. Spending time outdoors provides numerous benefits including improved mental health, physical activity opportunities and increased creativity.

So take some time out of your busy schedule to connect with nature today! Whether it’s a hike through the woods or simply sitting outside under a tree reading a book – you won’t regret it.


[1] Berman MG et al., “The cognitive benefits of interacting with nature,” J Environ Psychol (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.jenvp.2012.07.005. [2] Atchley RA et al., “Creativity in the Wild: Improving Creative Reasoning through Immersion in Natural Settings,” PLOS ONE (2012), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051474


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