Mental Health Matters!

Three Reasons Why Nature is Good for You

Mental health is a topic that has come to the forefront as a result of Covid-19 lingering on.  Your mental health is not something that you just take care of from time to time. It is something you need to spend time on each day. A simple way to boost your mental health is to spend some time in nature.  A short walk or quietly sitting in nature will do you a world of good.  If you cannot get outdoors, looking at images or listening to sounds of nature can also provide that boost. So, why does nature make a difference to mental health? Read on to find out!

  1. Improvement of Mood

In scientific experiments, nature has been proven to increase happiness, well-being and positive social interactions. People have reported that they feel a sense of meaning and purpose in life. They can also better manage life tasks, and they reported decreases in mental distress. Life is stressful, and any small steps that we can take to improve mood are beneficial for us.

  1. Functioning in Life

Experiencing nature helps with thinking, memory, and attention. It helps people not to act as impulsively. People also report feeling more imaginative and creative. In today’s fast-paced world, where workload expectations are high, being able to function is important. You will be able to complete work more efficiently and thus be able to enjoy more of your day. Nature provides a win-win situation!

  1. Physical Benefits

Experiencing nature in a visual or auditory way has been shown to lower blood pressure. It also lowers levels of our stress hormone, which helps us feel like we do not need to fight or flee. Nature can also distract us from having negative thoughts, and we worry less as a result. Take a five-minute break to listen to nature sounds or look at images of nature, especially if you cannot go outdoors to fit in a walk or hike.


Achieving a work-life balance is never easy, and fitting in time for mental health tends to be pushed down our list of things to do. Even a few minutes of enjoying nature on your computer can help you feel better. The next time you take a quick break, do not forget to plug into nature!

Immerse yourself in nature with our Guided Hiking Adventure and enjoy the benefits of the peace and calm.  Our certified guide has hiked the entire Niagara Escarpment from beginning to end and will choose a trail suited to your ability.  Contact us for more info.



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