I’ve been a long advocate for the health benefits of nature in our lives. James Black from Wilderness Redefined reached out to me to share one of his resources with you all. I’m long past the point of camping and major hikes, but I want to share his information with you because NATURE is awesome!!
In this post, I’m sharing a great article called The 12 Scientific Benefits of Being Outdoors by James Black. James’ goals with his website are:
- “Making the outdoors accessible to all – being active in the outdoors doesn’t have to be difficult or uncomfortable.
- Caring for our planet – we can be active outdoors in an environmentally sustainable way, so that future generations can have the same opportunities as we do.”
I hope his article and website help you to get out into nature as part of your Stress-Relief/Health Toolkit.
If you need information on getting outside with oxygen, sleep apnea therapy machines, nebulizers, ports, or feeding tubes check out this earlier post. https://www.upbeatliving.net/traveling-with-health-conditions-part-1/
What If I Cannot Get Into Nature?
If you aren’t able to get outside, please don’t let that keep you from adding some nature to your life.
- Nature videos are wonderful, especially if they contain sounds of water, birds, and bugs. You Tube is my go to place for these.
- Real or artificial house plants; for example, mini herb windowsill gardens or succulents.
- Need some ideas for what to grow: https://www.joyusgarden.com/easy-to-grow-houseplants/ Remember to match a plant’s needs with what you can offer it.
- Table-top water fountains
- Photos of your favorite nature spots to look at.
If you follow my Instagram account, you will already know that I have recently been in the hospital with pneumonia. I came home on Thursday. Honestly, I’m exhausted. While there, I had a chest CT scan that showed two lung masses. I’ll need to get a repeat CT scan in a couple weeks, and most likely biopsies. Health Update 10/19/2020– My lungs are completely cleared up!!!
I’ll try to get out a post as I can, but I’m not promising anything. However, I can attest to the wonderful benefits of being able to look out on sky, and trees from one’s hospital bed. When I got home, I was greeted with my favorite park views from my apartment windows. Nature helps to feed my soul in so many ways.
Till next time, Kathy
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Kathryn,Thank you so much for reminding us how much God’s creation can support us in chronic illness.I am blessed to have lots of trees around my house which I enjoy even when confined to home.I am so sorry to read of your illness and am praying for a complete recovery for you as well as God’s comfort and peace!
You’re welcome, Patti! Thanks for coming by, reading, and leaving a comment! I am feeling back to my pre-pneumonia self.
Hey Kathy! Thanks for sharing these great tips. I don’t often get out to enjoy nature as much as I would like, but these tips will help. I’m so sorry to hear about your hospital stay. I hope as you rest and heal at home that things will improve! Xx
Hi, Michelle! Thanks for stopping by! I hope you get some nature therapy soon.
I’m so sorry to hear about your bout with pneumonia Kathy. I pray you’ll be completely recovered from it soon. I’ll also be praying for your follow-up tests. Being out in nature (or bringing it in as you suggested) is so therapeutic. I’m fortunate to have some forest area right behind my back gate, so I get to enjoy seeing lots of wildlife right from my kitchen window. I’m glad you have the opportunity to look out on nature as you recover.
Thanks, Terri for stopping by. I’m feeling a bit stronger every day. I’m glad you have nature nearby out your door.
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