Benefits of connecting with nature

Benefits from eco-therapies, gardening and simply connecting with nature extend into our wellbeing with improvements in physical, emotional, spiritual, creative, cognitive and mental health.  Specific benefits for environment education are noted on our Environment Education page.

 

The researched benefits of nature include:  

-Decreased hostility and stress

-boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells

-Reduced blood pressure/Cardio vascular relaxation

-Decreased blood glucose levels in diabetic patients

-Reduced anger, depression and anxiety

-increased energy levels

-improved mood and sleep

 

Heaps more evidence based research HERE

Please see GREENSONG Facebook page for most recent research, articles and reports.

"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Eco-psychologist and 1994 Distinguished Citizen, Dr. Michael J. Cohen Ph.D through over 50 years research has developed study courses, programmes, workshops and camps in Applied Eco-psychology. 

 

Through the study and programs offered by Project Nature Connect participants understand human sensory deprivation and how by reconnecting with nature we harmoniously function as part of the web of life.  Studies and research gathered from participants acknowledge the role nature plays in reducing stress and guiding people with healing, balance and restoration.

 

By connecting with over 50 natural senses, not just the five commonly known senses, the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP) guides us to follow our natural attractions to reconnect with nature. Through following simple instructions to connect with nature,  stress is reduced and wellbeing increased. The human place within ecosystems emerges from the wisdom and insights gained from the experiences. 

 

Many individuals utilize this program for decreased stress, personal growth and increased wellbeing. Professionals apply methods in counselling, healing work, education and many other creative and environmental occupations.

 

Western Civilization lifestyles have become increasingly disconnected with nature as we move to life indoors. Dr. Mike Cohen states; “an average of over 95% of our lives indoors, cloistered from nature. We live over 99% of our adult lives knowing nature through detached words, stories and pictures.”  

 

Why are we being pulled away from nature?

Why are we being afflicted with distractions, addictions, employment and financial drive, apathy, fear, denial and negative attitudes? 

Why are illnesses, anxiety, depression and children along with attention disorders on the rise?

Why do studies show high rates in feelings of ‘unhappiness’ despite our social and economic standing in western civilizations? 

 

We commonly use nature for our survival. Our culture teaches us Nature is out there as a resource for our use. 

Trees and natural materials provide shelter for us, clothing, feed us, provide medicines and fuel. 

However, we have been depleting our natural resources at a rate that is not sustainable over the past couple of hundred years.

We have not understood our place in the web-of-life from living in our nature-separated systems. 

 

Virginia Lohr, PhD professor of horticulture at Washington State University states: 

"We have evolved with plants in nature and are closely connected. Perhaps we're more at ease when we're near the things we need to survive."  Our survival alone is not paramount, we have a drive for our life to have worth and purpose.  The following statements were expressed by participants of Project Nature Connect; "As nature safely teaches us what is 'real' in ourselves, we can gradually replace our 'unreal' fears and anxieties with feelings of in-the-moment joy, radiant good health, fun, laughter, self-balance, and harmony with life.” These statements were following a nature-reconnecting exercise. “With awareness of self and nature connectedness, I realize that we humans are nature. Nature, when we are conscious of its invisible links will shift our consciousness to heal us, balance and teach us. We can then at least make informed conscious decisions.”

 

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​ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Greensong respectfully acknowledges the traditional caretakers of the land and waters on which we live, work and play. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded and pay respect to Elders past, present, and emerging. 

We also acknowledge with gratitude, the more-than-human beings within our world.