Go! Learn Things,Morton Arboretum

Go! Learn Things,Morton Arboretum

The Fifteen Minute Nature Nap

How many of you ever feel like you have enough time in the day? There are so many demands on our time these days that our stress levels can rise just coping and even thinking and worrying about everything we need to get done. Well, rather than offering a sustainability tip for the garden this month, I want to give you a sustainability tip for you. It’s called nature…

Now nature doesn’t mean getting out and walking briskly for 30 minutes three times a week (although that’s a good thing to do) and it doesn’t mean getting out and playing or even watching a soccer game.  It means taking time for yourself to slow down and even stop for a moment and soak in the benefits that spending time in nature can provide.

The literature is filled with the results of studies that tell us that spending time in nature benefits us physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.  And I know I’ve written about this before but I think it bears repeating, particularly now that spring is truly upon us.

The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing website offers a wide range of references and information.  In addition, many local organizations such as the Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Resiliency Institute located at The Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm  in Naperville now include guided Forest Therapy walks as part of their activity offerings. Check out these. Search your local park district or forest preserve. Or find your own space. Give yourself a break for health; take a fifteen minute nature “nap” and feel better for it!