How spending time in nature can improve your health
When was the last time you literally stopped to smell the roses? Nature is one of the most accessible forms of self-care that exists in the world today, even in rain-soaked countries like ours. From sprawling countryside to quaint city-centre parks, the chances are there’s some form of greenery near you, and it’s in your best interests to take full advantage of it. Studies have shown spending time in and around nature can help boost your serotonin (the hormone which influences your feelings of wellbeing and happiness), self-esteem and confidence levels. Try… Dining al fresco. Whether it’s a quick bite in your local park or green space on your lunch break, or turning your garden into a picnic site at the weekend, breathing in fresh air and soaking up the sunshine will do wonders for your health. If you can’t find the time to get outdoors during the day, try leaving your phone in your bag during your commute and really take in your surroundings. That way you’re interacting with Mother Nature, rather than a nameless entity on social media.