Connecting with nature is an important part of overall wellbeing. This often means surrounding yourself with natural settings such as plants, trees and animals or areas with fields, rivers and waterfalls. In addition to physically surrounding yourself in nature, intentional actions to towards harmony between humans and nature can also have a positive impact on overall physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. This includes ensuring equal and equitable access to green spaces, participating in efforts to reduce and eliminate pollution, promoting sustainable farming, and ensuring clean, breathable air and clean, drinkable water.
Signs of Optimal Health & Wellness
Indicators of thriving include:
Feeling a harmonious connection with nature, including plants and animals
Feeling connected to the Earth and universe
A sense of responsibility for reducing and eliminating pollution, and promoting access to green spaces for yourself and others
Indicators of warning:
Feeling disconnected from nature
Feelings of loneliness or despair
Indifference to pollution
Indifference to sustainable farming
Indifference to clean air and water
Decline in physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health overall
The demands of daily living can often cause people to disconnect from nature. But this connection is vital to human thriving. Ask yourself: Do I feel connected to nature? Do I participate in making sure we all have access to clean air and water? Do I have access to or make use of existing parks and green spaces? If these answers are no, it may be time to take actions towards reconnecting with your natural environment.
Spend 15-20 minutes outside daily
Grow your own food or plants
Get involved with local parks and planning
Evaluate the products and foods you buy
Go to farmer’s markets
Learning more about the natural environment and taking action towards reducing and eliminating pollution can have positive impacts on your physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.