#stayhomestayhopeful - Connecting with Nature
April 07, 2020
By Bobbie Mabe, Horticultural Therapist
Social distancing has become a part of our daily vocabulary. We are forced to isolate from one another in a time when we need true connection. But even during this time of uncertainty, it is important to remain connected --- connected to something outside of yourself.
Nature provides a natural sense of connection.
Here are some helpful tips on how to connect with nature while also improving your mental health.
1. Take your shoes off.
Research shows that walking barefoot on grass helps decrease stress levels by 62 percent.
2. Dig in the dirt.
A strain of bacteria in the soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, has been found to trigger the release of serotonin, which in turn can elevate mood and decrease anxiety.
3. Go sit in the sun.
Vitamin D plays a vital role in many aspects of human health, and studies have shown a correlation between lack of vitamin D and depression.
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