Surrounded by Nature is So Good for Us

Surrounded by Nature is So Good for Us

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Way before moving to the Oregon coast, I loved going out into nature. When I was living in Florida and worked downtown, I enjoyed walking in the park across the street. I also walked on the boardwalk next to the river, and occasionally drove 45 minutes to walk on the white sands of the Atlantic beach. There was always something about being out in nature that cleared my mind.

Whenever I had to make a big decision, I would go to that boardwalk and sit on the benches overlooking the river. Somehow, things didn’t seem so bad there. It felt good to feel the breeze blowing, to hear the birds chirping and sometimes I even brought bread crumbs to feed them. It was fun watching them fight over the food! I actually think I could be a bird watcher since moving to Oregon!

Not everyone has easy access to mountains and rocks to climb or trails to walk miles on especially in these difficult times. But, wherever you are, walking in a nearby park can be a huge help for your mental and emotional health.

Plants and trees give off what we need and vice versa so we need nature and nature needs us. Getting outside and being around foliage is a chance to get alone with God and focus on Him and off upcoming deadlines, meetings and all the busyness of life.

I’m sure there’s probably studies that show getting out into nature improves one’s health…I don’t know about statistics…I just know what being out in nature does for me. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say they were worse off for being outside.

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God knew what He was doing when He created all of nature. He knew that getting outdoors would decreases our stress levels and allow us to breath clean air and clear our hearts and minds.

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Beautiful Food Photography" and sells her handmade greeting cards and vintage art printables on Etsy.