Do you feel that spending time in nature is important to your well being?

United States
February 24, 2008 4:32pm CST
I've noticed, that a lot of the time, whenever I'm stressed, spending time outside, away from electronics, is great for my health. I can just sit outside and listen to the birds, the wind, look at the flowers, just kind of explore, it's comforting really. To be one with nature so to speak. So, do you feel that being outside is important for your health? Do you notice that if you don't spend time outside you begin to feel cut off, distant and stressed?
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@Saicows (113)
• Brazil
25 Feb 08
I´m a modern person. To relieve my stress i play on my PC!!! And sometimes, the game is on a nature scenario!!! Funny!
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@paid2write (5202)
25 Feb 08
Very much so. I am lucky to live on the coast and I think the most relaxing sound is that of waves breaking on the shore. Even when I lived in London I could always find open spaces, parkland, woodland and riverside walks where I could enjoy nature. It is very important to me to be near trees, wild flowers, birds and other wildlife.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
25 Feb 08
Oh yes. I love sitting on a bank at the lake fishing when I am really stressed out. I haven't been able to do that in a long time. I'm married now and my mom lives with us. Neither one of them is big on fishing.
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@rockjhon (17)
25 Feb 08
In a world which is fully computerised and machine dependent,spending time in nature is a very gifted one.but not everyone gets this chance.Its really wonderful to experience it.It not only gives us physical strenghth also a mental peacefulness.
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• United States
25 Feb 08
I have always found the great outdoors to be soothing. Weather it is by the ocean (where I grew up), or in the mountains (where I lived for many years) or in a desert (which is scary at the same time). However, I also know people who can stand nature. They are more at home in a big city - they don't even want to live in a home with acres around them...the need neighbors within hearing/seeing distance to feel 'safe & comfortable'.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
25 Feb 08
Yes, spending time outside absolutely makes me feel better. Unfortunately I don't spend as much time out side as I'd like to.
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
25 Feb 08
Oh yes! There is nothing that feels as good! I myself and fortunate to live near the beach and the sounds of the waves, along with the salty sea air work wonders for me and my family. My son's allergies instantly clear up with both sea air and mountain air. There is nothing more amazing that watching the sun rise or set on the beach. It works wonders for your physical and mental self. Enjoy your time outdoors!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I live in a city type environment..my block is fairly high apartment buildings...ah, but if I walk a bit I go to a section of the neighborhood that is almost like a bit of the country. People have the most incredibly beautiful gardens,and I usually take my camera along on my walks...there's nothing blooming now, but I can't wait..in another few months it'll be spectacular...and yes, when I'm in touch with nature I feel my soul is rejuvenated and alive again. Today I did stay home...but the majority of the time I do go out for some errand of some kind..just to get out and get air and feel the sun on my face and be with people and "life"...can't stand to be home 24 hours...drives me batty..LOL
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• United States
25 Feb 08
i love to go fishing i dont care about catching anything i sit and look for dolphins and manatees. And watch the birds and i feel like i am a part of nature. I live in florida so there are plenty of places to go where there is no noise and no chatter. Just calm and serene.I try to do this once a week it makes it better to get through the weak kinda less stressful.
@michele609 (1687)
• United States
25 Feb 08
I totally agree with you. Sometimes life in general becomes way to overwelming and I just need a break. By saying a break I mean away from everything and everyone. I like to just get in my car, drive to the nearest park on sit next to a river. I find that the sould of water calms me the most.
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@imsilver (1667)
• Canada
25 Feb 08
I absolutely agree with you. I'd go absolutely stir crazy living in a big city. Right now I live in the north of BC Canada. A tiny little town surrounded by forest and water. It's a 15 minute drive to the ocean side. And a 10 minute walk from my front door to the forest. I find that my depression is worse in the winter when it's not so easy for me to get out and just walk through the trees.
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@ellie333 (21018)
24 Feb 08
Absolutely, even though I keep big chunks of amythest (spelt wrong sorry) crystal next to my computer and tv if i am around too much electrical equipment for too long I start to feel uncomfortable. I am lucky to be very near a beach which I brisk walk down to and discharge all this stress out into. I love to be outside, I think the most wonderful experince I had was sitting at the top of Glastonbury Tor. The peace, the feeling of being at one with nature was incredible. The views for miles and miles around. The air felt cleaner, I could breathe more easily. I feel like a caged bird if indoors too long. I love my job but we have no windows, no fresh air and I find my lips get dry and by the end of my shift I feel the need to escape, not from my job but from the building. So in answer to your question the great outdoors is definately good for your health and wellbeing. Ellie :D
• United States
24 Feb 08
When I used to live in upstate new york and would have a terrible day, I would walk the bike path that would follow the river and then just sit on the bank and watch the river go by. Then wehn i felt better I would walk the bike path back. I loved it, and here in florida i dont really have a reprieve like that. I do have a nice yard with enclosed back porch though, and can sit and jsut think and enjoy the birds and sounds of nature. I actually have a website I like to visit called africam it has live cameras of the wild, and sometimes i will turn it on just to listen to the rain, thunder or animals in the background it is very soothing to me.
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@k1tten (2320)
• United States
24 Feb 08
I think that being away from everything that's indoors helps me a lot. If I'm home for just a weekend from college and I go out to just get a load of wood for the house, I feel great. I'm more attentive than if I would have been stuck inside for the whole weekend. One day really helps for the following week. I think that if we got more time just to relax outside without the stresses of just going to class we'd definitely be in better health.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
17 Mar 08
It's amazing just how many of us are guilty of taking nature for granted, how often do we sit and watch the clouds, watch a beautiful sunset, watch animals and birds flying and looking for food? I find a good long country walk with the fresh air does me the world of good it helps my depression lowers my stress and blood pressure. I usually take a book with me and sit and read or just marvel at nature. My favourite thing is to take bread to the local duck pond and feed or watch the ducks and birds being fed, I find it fascinating and you forget all your problems which seem so insignificant. I love being at one with nature, the smells, the sensual experiences and appreciating just what the land has to offer.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
16 Mar 08
I do enjoy some nature time - away from the ills and cares of the world, there is a certain serenity to be found amongst unscathed areas such as meadows and woods - nearby streams rushing over rocks, spring peepers will soon be sounding... though I could do without communing with the sounds of chikada bugs!
@aero89 (422)
• United States
13 Mar 08
Yes, I think it's not only important, but necessary. It's good for a person to get out and appreciate the things that he has no control over. All of the senses are stimulated and the fresh air is great for getting some energy. Nature is more powerful than we are; floods, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, etc. And there are some people who will not say a word about nature until She beats him with one of the aforementioned instances. Those same people I could bet ya a dollar to a donut, are the same ones who couldn't care less when they are given the opportunity to .. let's say, watch two birds chase each other from tree to tree. I must admit, though - even when I get caught in a snowstorm or high winds and rain, I cannot help but get a little thrill out of it. To me, it's all under the category "Something Bigger than Myself", and it (Nature) never ceases to amaze me.