We always hear people saying “catch some fresh air” or “get outside” and probably just brush it off. We always hear talk of how good being outdoors is for you, but do we know just HOW good being outdoors is? Researchers have presented the facts and it confirms that there are endless benefits found in the outdoors. Getting exposure to the green spaces around us can improve our physical and mental health, here’s how:
Feel an improved immune system in the air. Take a breath of fresh air and you’re actually inhaling chemicals produced by plants that help increase the number and activity of our white blood cells. These cells can help kill tumors and virus-infected cells in our bodies.
Trees Company. Spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and improves mood. In fact, numerous studies show that exercising in forests and simply sitting looking at trees reduces blood pressure and stress-related hormones. Researchers have found that forest bathing trips significantly decreased the scores for anxiety, depression, anger, confusion, and fatigue.
Forests help us find our focus. Our lives are fast-paced, filled with work, school, and responsibilities. Trying to focus on many activities or even a single thing for long periods of time can be mentally exhausting. Spending time in nature, looking at plants, water, birds and other aspects of nature gives our brain a break, allowing us to focus better and renew our ability to be patient and focus. Also, this can be especially effective for children who struggle with attention deficit disorders.
There are many other reasons why getting outside is good for everyone. Nature really does have healing powers. Science says so. This is a topic that could keep the trees talking for ages, literally. Continuous experiments and research are uncovering more and more fascinating powers that the wilderness holds. Aside from the three things mentioned above, here is a quick list of benefits of being in the wild so you get the gist:
- Boosts immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Improves mood
- Increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
- Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
- Increases energy level
- Improves sleep
BlueFire Wilderness can help
BlueFire is a wilderness therapy program for students ages 11-17 who struggle with mental health disorders. This is an adventure-based therapy program that helps students remove themselves from their fast-paced lives and seek recovery in a peaceful and natural setting—the wilderness. Students will learn skills that will help them develop their independence and gain a newfound sense of self-awareness, responsibility, and confidence. BlueFire offers the opportunity to learn new healthy activities, nutrition habits, and communication skills; all things that are transferable to the real world. This program is dedicated to inspiring a positive change in the lives of young men and women and helping them step their best foot forward towards a bright and healthy future. We can help your family today!
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