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Retreat into Nature: The Science Behind the Healing Benefits

Studies have found that spending two hours a week in nature benefits a person’s health and well-being. Symptoms of ADD, stress, and depression are reduced, and mood is lifted. In addition, twenty percent of U.S. children and 42% of adults are obese, but green neighborhoods inspire fitness and reduce obesity. 

Last child in the woods

Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv argues that today's children spend too much time indoors, which impacts their mental and physical well-being. Creativity and cooperative play are enhanced when children play in natural settings. Nature-based education develops problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making skills. 

What is Grounding?

Grounding is achieved when your body comes in contact with the Earth. Research by the National Center for Biotechnology Information showed the positive physical and mental health benefits of grounding based on the hypothesis that free electrons from the Earth flood the body and produce an antioxidant effect. Their research involved direct skin-to-ground contact. Grounding Studies

Benefits of grounding

  • Prevention and treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune disorders

  • Heals wounds  

  • Reduces pain and swelling 

  • Improves sleep and circadian rhythms 

  • Reduces stress and creates a calming effect

  • Activates a parasympathetic or resting response  

  • Enhances healthy heart rate

  • Improves blood flow 

Biophilia refers to the human need to connect and enjoy all forms of life and nature. Hugging a tree, grounding, gardening, or spending time outside provides the connection that leaves you feeling relaxed and calm. Hugging a tree has been shown to reduce cortisol levels and stress. It also increases the oxytocin hormone level, which boosts positive emotions. 

We live on a kaleidoscopic sphere, spinning through the cosmos, overflowing with miraculous glory from crystalline lakes, jagged peaks, golden deserts, lush waterfalls, powdery sand beaches, steamy hot pools, gigantic pines, and a magical variety of striking wildlife. It is a miracle. It is a holistic cure. If you feel stressed, depressed, or need to heal, go outside, lie on the ground, hug a tree, and bask in the Earth’s wonder. 

Discover best life-ing retreats

Visit Best Life-ing to learn about their events and wellness retreats set in environments that reconnect you with nature and leave you renewed. Best Life-ing can transport its team to the location you choose. Set up a digital detox retreat in a remote oasis, or go to a place your heart longs to explore. Tell Best Life-ing what you want, and their team will make it happen. 

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