Most people spend over 90 percent of their time indoors, with several of those hours spent looking at screens. When we step outside we experience the benefits of reconnecting with nature. Many studies show the positive impact of spending time in nature for physical and mental health. The restorative practices of mindful outdoor experiences help us slow down and awaken our senses and appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of the natural world.

Spending time in nature reduces blood pressure and reduces the production of the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline. The stress-reduction benefits of time in nature also help our immune systems. For our mental health, spending time in nature may help to reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, and fatigue.

You can begin a practice of mindfulness in nature by allowing yourself time to walk slowly in nature and notice the details of the natural world. What sounds do you hear when you stop to listen? What can you smell? Can you sense the presence of animals, the sound of waves, or the feeling of wind?

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