Nourish Your Spirit
By: Avanti Kumar Singh
May 16, 2021
NATURE IS GOOD FOR THE SPIRIT
Many of us know that nature is healing, but did you know that it can actually lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, depression and anxiety? In fact, just 30 minutes of exposure to nature on a daily basis can speed-up healing, acting as an antidote for many symptoms and illnesses.
In a classic study by Dr. Roger Ulrich, patients with a window view of trees required less pharmaceutical pain management, and had shorter hospital stays post-surgery, than those who had a view of a brick wall. Researchers in Japan have found that forest-bathing, or shinrin-yoku, for just 40 minutes, lowered the level of the stress hormone cortisol in study participants. In addition, they found that trees and plants emit phytoncides - aromatic compounds that have therapeutic benefits similar to aromatherapy.
When you think about it, this makes perfect sense. Recall the last time you were outdoors, in a park or forest preserve. You are probably remembering the soothing sounds of nature all around you, the clean, fresh scent of the trees and flowers, and the feeling of warmth from sunlight upon your skin. Being outdoors stimulates all of our senses, providing a sense of comfort and connection to something larger than ourselves. It is good for the body, mind and spirit.
Here are 3 simple ways to add nature time to your daily routine:
1. Go for a walk. Get outside for a 10 minute walk every morning before 10am.
2. Have a picnic. On the lawn, on a bench… have a meal outside.
3. Grow something. It can be as simple as your favorite flowers in a pot or as elaborate as a small vegetable garden.
Remember, a little “Vitamin N” can have profound effects on your overall health and well-being; and if the global pandemic has taught us anything, it's that we need nature now more than ever to nourish every part of us.
Dr. Avanti Kumar-Singh, is an Ayurveda Wellness Expert on a mission to show how Ayurveda is a health catalyst to achieve optimal wellness in modern life.
After receiving her Bachelor's in Art History from the University of Chicago, she went on to receive her medical degree from Rush University Medical College. While working as an ER physician, she experienced first-hand the limitations of Western medicine. To learn more, Avanti began a 10-year wellness journey during which she studied energy healing and yoga therapy and became a practitioner of the 5,000-year-old ancient healing tradition known as Ayurveda.