The current season is spreading its wings of peace, calmness, composure as well as rejuvenating us from the heat we have experienced in the last few months. These rains are not just cooling the heat of the outside environment, but also bringing a very happy calm feeling within us too. Indeed, Nature plays a very important role in our lives and this is the right time in our lives as students to make our connection with Nature strong enough to maximize its benefits for our entire lifetime. Below are some benefits:
Nature heals naturally: Imagine viewing a wonderful scene from the top of a mountain covered with a blanket of lush green tress. It is definitely not just a visual treat to the eyes, but for the entire body as well as our mind. There is an immediate feeling of relaxation and our breath starts becoming slower and calmer. Science claims are true that the more we are connected with such beautiful scenes of nature, it helps in our emotional well-being as well as physical well being too. It helps reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones too. Wow, this is like a complete list of those ailments which we need to combat in student life too the moment there is pressure of exams or competitions.
Nature restores balance: We need to be in balance with our emotions at any given point of time to feel healthy as well as physically to stay fit. And nature does this job beautifully and naturally. In one study in Mind, 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced. Other studies by Ulrich, Kim, and Cervinka show that time in nature or scenes of nature are associated with a positive mood, and psychological wellbeing, meaningfulness, and vitality. Indeed, nature has the ability to influence our emotions to a great extent. Compare in your mind two images – one when you are sad and you go out in the park and see the tress and greenery. And in the second image visualize yourself being sad and looking out from your window and there is another concrete structure right in front of you. Of course, the first image visualization will instantly make you feel relaxed. And the second image will make you feel dull.
Nature helps enhance creativity: If you ask writers or poets or people involved in any kind of art, what inspires them the most? The answer is openness of the natural surroundings. This is because when you look at the vastness of Nature whether it is in the form of forests or ocean, instantly there is a chemical running in your body which can feel the abundance nature has to offer. This is in turn makes you feel complete and the locked doors of creativity open up easily. So, the next time you want to complete a project or prepare for some competitive exam which needs out of the box thinking, visit a green park or sea-side to open your creativity doors.
Improves self-discipline: Being accessible to green parks or setting up your own surroundings around greenery will help you to calm down all the anxiety which is there within for no reason. Most the stress and anxieties we carry are for those issues which are never going to happen. They are just our own created fears. But when you are surrounded with greenery, this fear starts releasing and one is able to let go off all the stress naturally. This in turn helps you to start focusing on your inner self and invites you become self-disciplined towards your focus on goals created for life.
Indeed, being in Nature is a wonderful gift for all of us. Let us all pledge to create more green spaces for ourselves to rejuvenate as well as lead a healthy life in all aspects –emotionally, physically & mentally.