Get thee to nature!

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It has been a great few days weather-wise here in Cincinnati. After a month of above average rainfall coupled with oppressive humidity, we have been gifted a few days of sun and lower humidity. I was finally able to get out and do some weeding, check on my plants and generally just spend some time outside. I couldn’t believe how much I missed it. Hopefully none of the neighbors saw me talking to the plants as I took a stroll around the yard. We need time in nature, and the benefits are incredible.
Been cooped up due to weather? Spent more time in the mall or movie theater than outside? I hear you. Standing in the rain or sweating through your clothes is no fun. But consider this:
“One study from 2007 done in the UK compared the mental state of depressed individuals who took a walk in a park outdoors and a walk inside a shopping center. 71 percent of the group who took a walk in the park reported that their levels of depression decreased, compared to only 45 percent of the group who walked inside the shopping center. Additionally, 22 percent of the group who walked in the shopping center reported their depression levels increasing.
The same study also showed that 71 percent of the participants who walked in the park reported feeling less tense, compared to 50 percent of those who walked in the shopping center. Additionally, a whopping 90 percent of participants who walked in the park reported an increased self-esteem, compared to only 44 percent of the participants who walked in the shopping center.” http://www.naturalnews.com/037693_nature_deficiency_mental_health_benefits.html#ixzz3gpypKCfY
Crazy, right? If you have found yourself feeling more bummed, and maybe even more bummed about yourself, lack of nature could be the culprit. Even if you live in an area with beautiful weather, if you are not out in nature-walking, gardening, just being—you may be missing out on the benefits. As the weekend approaches, use yourself as a lab experiment and make a point of soaking up some nature over the next few days. Note how you feel now versus how you feel on Monday. You might be pleasantly surprised (and subsequently motivated) to get OUTSIDE.
The heat and humidity is coming back to Cincinnati, but as long as it is not raining I plan on being outside. To all my landscaping – get ready for conversation!

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