Does it need to be said that nature is beneficial? Well, I thought I’d write a little about it here.
Walks in wilderness lowers cortisol level, a stress hormone, by 16%. Even sitting by a window facing a garden will lower stress levels more than sitting by a window facing a parking lot.
There’s also something about spending time in nature with others that is different from any other experience that spurs lasting friendships, playfulness, and aliveness. The fresh air, sunshine, and ample opportunities to run, jump over logs, and take long walks on forest trails make it a healthier experience than a gym alone. It helps alleviate seasonal depression, fatigue, and anxiety.
I believe adults need to play in the woods just as much as kids do.