The Healing Power of Nature

October 9, 2020

Immune System
Studies from the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago have found evidence that spending time in nature will boost older adults’ immune systems. Breathing fresh, clean air full of healthy chemicals from plants helps our bodies produce more white blood cells to help battle viruses and inflammation. 

Mental Health 
Individuals who spend time outdoors experience less depression, anxiety, and stress. Along with the physical benefits, spending time among nature has been linked to better moods, reduced stress and depression, and improved cognitive function. Interaction among nature has the similar effects on our minds as meditation. 

Improved Memory 
Only a few minutes outdoors, and your focus and memory improves! Research from the University of Michigan has found that spending even one hour outside improves memory performance and attention span by as much as 20%. Authors of this study have concluded that rural environments are less stressful that urban environments which have a confusing pattern of stimulation our brains have to work to sort out and interpret. 

“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

Lake Prince Woods is nestled among 172 acres of forest and located near a beautiful fishing lake and pier. For more information about our community, call Tammy Garrett at (757) 923-5504.