Mindfulness is the practice of centring yourself in the present. Dwelling on the problems of the past or worrying about the threats of the future is a common past time in the 21st century Britain and this can negatively affect your mood and mental health. Nature offers one of the best places to practice mindfulness which can improve your life in a number of ways:
- It improves your wellbeing
Mindfulness is an activity anyone can take part in. It is the practice of becoming conscious only in the current moment of your life – not the future or the past. When you focus on the ‘now’ you cannot worry about what happened at work last week or what misfortunes could happen in the future.
In the ‘now’ there is just you and whatever is around you at that moment. This lowers stress and improves your overall ‘wellbeing’, which includes your mental and physical health. Mindfulness can be practised anywhere, but nowhere is it easier that within nature.
- It teaches skills that can be transferred to personal and work environments
By regularly practicing mindfulness, you can develop and even learn new skills that can be transferred to other areas of your life. You can use these skills in the workplace, family home and other stressful scenarios you might find yourself in.
- It gives nature extra importance to our lives
For the wildlife too, mindfulness is beneficial. The more people that use mindfulness in nature, the more essential nature becomes. Today, we rely on the natural world for our food, water and other resources. But with ever increasing pressures, the natural world is still under threat despite our dependency on it. So regardless of the existing benefits, more needs to be done to prove the advantages of conserving nature across the planet.
Mindfulness in nature provides a long-term solution to show more people that nature is vital to our day-to-day lives. Just twenty minutes can improve your well-being. Why not try next time you have a break – find any green space and just sit, stare, listen and see what you notice.
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