So, just a few quick reflections today from my recent time spent in the calming mountains of Colorado. Perhaps the essayist and naturalist, John Burroughs, who was so active in our nation’s conservation movement, best said what I experienced and believe: “I go to nature to be healed, soothed and have my senses put in order.” How absolutely true this is and can be for each of us to give ourselves the gift of discovering the healing power of nature!
There is clear evidence that people who appreciate nature and make the effort to spend time in it are happier, healthier and more creative. Nature is good for your heart, brain, immune system and, most definitely, your soul. The power of our surroundings and the role these influences play on our general health and wellness is really indisputable.
The clarity of fresh air, the serenity of any natural setting whether you are in the mountains, at a lake, or the neighborhood park is totally freeing. Without the distractions of our work or home lives, the electronic devices, the lure of our phones and, yes, even our refrigerators, we can truly relax and be at peace. We can gather our thoughts, but focus on the present beauty around us. Give our bodies a chance to destress and without even trying, give our immune systems the opportunity to recharge.
You don’t have to go snowshoeing (although I highly recommend it!) or travel afar to take advantage of the power of nature that’s literally right outside your door. I hope you take that time for yourself and see just how impactful this can be.
Get out and get your Nature on!
Dr. Suzy Gazda
Dr. Suzanne Gazda, Integrative Neurology