“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.”
– Anne Frank
A little time spent outdoors can be restorative and healing.
At least one medical study has shown that hospital patients recover faster from surgery if they are offered a view of nature compared to patients whose view is a brick wall. And according to The Chopra Center, the ancient healing tradition of India – Ayurveda – recommends spending time in nature every day. The Center says doing so shifts our attention from our ego to recognition that we are inextricably connected to the universe.
Almost every day, unless the weather is dreadful, I spend at least a little time outdoors. A short walk through a garden, forest, beach or park has a remarkably calming influence on your body and mind. Extended time outdoors is even better.
Even if you are not an outdoorsy person, step outside a little. Enjoy the healing power of nature.