Over the last couple of weeks, while on vacation, we've spent much time outside exploring the beautiful Greek Islands.
Yet again, I've been reminded what a wonderful thing nature is for our souls.
So this week's prompt is 'nature'.
A great deal has been written on the impact of spending time in nature on our well-being.
Even in the last hour, as I've pondered this prompt, I've read how time in nature can:
- improve your physical health
- boost your creativity
- reduce anxiety and depression
- reduce stress
- lower blood pressure
- increase happiness
- reduce fatigue
- improve memory
- reduce pain experience
- improve eyesight
- produce anti-cancer proteins
- help you to become a kinder person
- increase brain activity
- and many other benefits to our well-being!
I even found one study that has found that there may be benefits to spending time 'virtually' in nature - good news for those unable to spend time in actual nature due to disabilities and other life circumstances!
So this week, the prompt is nature, and my encouragement is to spend some time in it - in whatever way you might be able to.
It need not be a big thing - it could be as simple as eating your lunch in a local park, spending a little time doing some gardening on the weekend, driving to work via the scenic route, planning a picnic with friends, taking a day trip to the mountains or the beach or buying a pot plant for your desk.
I look forward to hearing how you go with this week's prompt!
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