In Which Ways Does Nature Take Care of People?


On what are nature’s effects on well-being based on, professor of Natural Resources Institute Liisa Tyrväinen?

-Activities in the nature firstly promote physical health. Well-being is increased by the air being clean and the surroundings noiseless. Nature’s aesthetic experiences and the green environment help to relax and recover from stress.

-Nature is a multi-sensory experience. In nature, attention moves quickly from self to the environment: from low field vegetation to big trees and animals. The activity of the nervous system changes from alertness to more relaxed.

How can we consciously let nature take care of our mind, ecopsychologist Kirsi Salonen?

-Give nature some room to have an impact on you. Take off goals like elevation of condition, fat burning or identification of species. If you move quickly, you won’t see details.

-You don’t even have to look for beauty. Let the view fascinate. Recognise what you need now: space, seeing from height and the flow of water. Sniff and touch a tree or moss. Climb a rock or have a look behind a curve.

-With the help of a favourite place or a landscape, you can learn to recognise what you need. If you for example have a job in which you are very visible or judged by others, you may find yourself from a sheltered place in nature. Thus, you may notice you have a need to self-regulate when you are visible and when in shelter.

What if you feel depressed or anxious?

-For those suffering from depression, anxiety is the most urgent feeling and experience. The well-intentioned comments don’t help then: “Pull yourself together and go to the sun.” Someone who wanders beside and professional assistance is needed. The glimmer of hope may be found in the middle of nature.

-Knock on a friend’s door and request: Let’s go. When you start to learn how nature can help you, you may sometimes go alone. The forest takes care even when a friend doesn’t have time to go with.

Original article by: Satu Asikainen
Picture by: Heidi Risto
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