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Nature Might Be a Big Key to Better Mental Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

Nature is a powerful thing. We're reminded of this every time we see a storm or a natural disaster. But nature is powerful in more ways than just wreaking havoc. It's also an incredibly powerful tool for our health and well-being. And this is especially true when it comes to our mental health. If you're interested in using natural methods for improving your mental wellness, take a look at why getting out in nature may be just what you need to improve your mental health for the rest of your life.

It's Life

When you get outside, everything around you is bursting with life. The trees, the flowers, the grass. And being bombarded with things that are alive and growing makes us feel more alive. It can help us feel connected to everything around us. And this can be so incredibly beneficial for mental health. If you're feeling down, get away from the dullness of the indoors and get outside in the midst of life itself. 

It's Fresh Air and Sunshine

Both fresh air and sunshine have been proven to be good for mental and physical well-being. A long time ago, we got ample amounts of both. Most of our lives were spent outdoors, and mental health problems were far less common. The sun can boost and stabilize your moods. And the fresh air gives our lungs and brains that good, clean oxygen. When life seems to be pressing down on you, go outside, breathe deep, and soak in a few rays.

It's Calming

The great outdoors are calming. Sure, there are times when it's stressful, such as during a storm, but we're not likely to be outside during a storm. Other times, the soft breeze and warm sun are extremely calming. The lack of noise allows us to relax. The natural light gives our brains and eyes a break. If you need a way to calm down in all the craziness of life, go outside now.

We've understood for a long time that nature is key to keeping ourselves healthy and strong. But are we actually using what we know? Or are we ignoring the possibilities? If you want to keep your mental health in check, get outside! Make time for nature every day, and your mental wellness will likely see a rise before you know it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mint Hill, N.C.

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