Nature? Who even has time for nature?
Nature is that thing we drive past in the local park on the way to work. Nature is those images behind an inspirational quote that we scroll past on social media. Nature is that stuff that we vaguely remember from our childhood camping trips, but haven’t seen in years.
With our technologically-focused lives, we have more of a need than ever to remind ourselves of things that don’t need to be plugged in.
Here are seven reasons why it’s time you and nature made acquaintances again (also, there might be cake).
1. Those deep breaths.
Think about the refreshing scent of trees, wet grass and winter-y wood fires. It’s enough to fill your lungs with health and happiness. Getting out in nature and taking a deep breath can do as much good for your body as a spa treatment. Breathe in. Breathe out. After a weekend of that much breathing, you’ll feel like a new person.
2. It helps with depression and anxiety.
Taking some time away from your desk and heading into the wild is good for your mental health. Why do you think that David Attenborough always sounds so cheery?
Humans have a naturally deep connection with the outdoors – it’s the reason we love a building with a good view. Looking at a view of the countryside is good… but walking around in it is better.
3. You’ll find your new happy place.
I recently found mine in Sassafras Village in the Dandenong Ranges, a gorgeous strip of shops with nineteenth century charm. My happy place was located spoon-deep in a chocolate éclair from Cafe de Beaumarchais.
It was also located inside the scent of the Soak Bathecary next door. And the chocolate coffee beans at the Tea Leaves shop next to that. And the shop next to that… and the shop next to that…