As a young child, I remember sitting in a mud puddle and coating every inch of my body with warm, wet mud. I would let it dry and then chip it off of my skin bit by bit. It's hard to say how long I actually sat in the mud puddle and treated myself to a mud spa. Little did I know, I was practicing mindfullness while feeling the texture and heat of the mud all the while building a robust immune system. I can almost feel how the sun felt on my skin as I did this even as I write this post.
Nature can do so much more than condition our bodies; it also contains helpful microbes that actually play a direct role in keeping us healthy. Everyone has probably heard of the winter blues. Science indicates that soil can have positive affects on anxiety, post tramatic stress disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar, Chron's disease, rheumatoid arthritis. Maybe there is more than just the lack of sun involved with the winter blues. The positive affect bacteria can have against these ailments can last up to three weeks and during the winter in Iowa, we don't have the luxury of getting out in nature to get down and dirty!
Nature's Benefits On Mental Health
I Challenge You To Get Into Nature
I challenge you, regardless of age, to go out and find something fun to do in nature. Go explore a state park nearby, call a friend to meet in the park for lunch or choose something from the list of ideas below. Feel free to leave comments with your ideas, describe your experience or tell us your favorite part of nature.
Author: Katie Wubben
Throughout the past decade, I have become consumed by the simple ways to feel our best that seem to be nature's secrets that come at very little expense. When we transformed the business, we made it part of our mission to help people feel their best and this is a platform in which we can share information about health and wellness to help our community feel their absolute best!