Nature deficit disorder.
This term was coined by Richard Louv, and although not a formal diagnosis, it’s a way to describe the mental, physical, and emotional costs of human alienation from nature.
As humans are spending less and less time outdoors, I truly believe this disconnection from Mother Nature is the cause of countless illnesses.
It is estimated that kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend more than 7 hours a day looking at screens where American adults spend 11 hours tied to media!!! We work long days, under fake light, and hunched over at a desk! No wonder humans are getting sicker and sicker year after year.
I recently went 5 days without being immersed in nature…. I can’t begin to describe how much I felt this lack of soul-nourishment.
WE ARE NATURE, thus we need to get back to our connection to the earth to help reduce stress, blood pressure, tension, and increase joy!
Here are some simple ways to bring nature back to your life!
- Take a walk or hike!! Simply going for a walk can help lower blood pressure, boost immune function, improve your mood AND extend your life!
- Walk or bike to work. Duh.
- Take or schedule meetings outside! Skip that stale and boring conference room and opt to get outside, which could potentially help spark creativity and new ideas!
- Bring nature indoors! Indoor plants can be extremely beneficial to your health! Not only providing fresh oxygen but they help eliminate toxins in the air!
- Explore nature on the weekends! Make spending time in nature a priority… the kids NEED this too!
- Just get your feet on the earth! Walking barefoot on the earth has crazy amazing health benefits. It’s called earthing or grounding. Look it up!
How do you prioritize Nature? I’d love to know! #natureheals #motherearth #hippiemoms