Kathryn Glenn: Access Nature’s Power for Improving Wellbeing


Did you know that improved mental and physical health is found just outside your front door? Simply by spending a little more time outside in nature can make a big difference in your overall wellbeing. Nature is an important piece of a holistic, healthy life.

What Counts as Nature?

Not the outdoorsy type? Don’t think that you must go on a week-long backpacking trip in the mountains to take advantage of the wellness benefits. A dose of nature can be as small as standing on your front porch for a few minutes while you feel the sun on your face and watch the clouds roll by. Longer duration and intensity of immersion in nature will enhance the health benefits, however, even small doses of fresh air and proximity to plants will allow you to access nature’s benefits. The important thing is to start where you are.

Mental Health

Do you want improved attention and focus, better mood, increased creativity and productivity, and more mindfulness? Seem too good to be true? It isn’t! Exposure to nature can do all of that and more for you.

Physical Health

The physical health benefits of spending time in nature are endless! From lowered cortisol levels (less stress!) to lowering heart rate and blood pressure, it’s amazing what a few minutes outside can do for the body. You’ll tend to be more physically active outdoors, which has all kinds of good effects on the body.

Tips for Getting More Nature in Your Life

You might be thinking that this all sounds great, but you don’t have the time to spend every moment in the forest or at the beach. Don’t worry! There are many easy ways to incorporate more nature into your daily routine. Start where you are and pick one thing to add to your daily routine. Here are some practical tips:

  • Check the Screen Time on your phone. It’s hard to argue that you can’t take 15 of those minutes to go for a walk outside (take out your headphones for maximum benefit).
  • Have a “nature snack.” Simply looking out a window for a few moments at a tree or other nature view can increase mood and improve concentration.
  • Can’t go outside? Bring nature inside. Fill your home with potted plants. Not only will you feel less anxious and get a boost in productivity, but you’ll also improve the air quality.
  • Get the appropriate attire. A popular Norwegian saying is “there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” Consider purchasing inexpensive gear for each season. A rainy day becomes an adventure when you have a rain jacket, boots, and umbrella.
  • Move your hobbies outside. For example, multiply the wellness benefits of yoga by doing it outside!
  • If you’re a city-dweller, take time to be more mindful of what forms of nature are near your home. Head to a city park or simply notice the flowers in window boxes.
  • Think big! Try something you’ve never done before; you just might love it! A winter hike, paddleboarding on a lake, or an overnight camping trip might be just what you need.


Are you ready to access nature’s power?


Kathryn Glenn

About the author

From countless road trips to visiting 30+ countries with kids in tow, I’m an expert in family travel. I’m also an advocate for getting outside and enjoying the physical and mental benefits of nature.

Email: kathryn@farandwideoutside.com

Website: https://farandwideoutside.com

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