Well-being from Nature

Are you feeling lazy? Go out into nature.  Are you feeling down? Go out into nature.  Do you suffer from stress? Go out into nature.  Are you looking for new social relationships? Go out into nature. 

A growing number of researchers believe that nature-based activity and spending time in nature has many benefits in terms of health and well-being.

Well-being from nature. Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Nature Gets us Moving

Various studies indicate that people tend to move more briskly outdoors without even noticing it. The duration of the activity is often longer because the natural beauty and landscapes encourage people to keep moving around. However, even a short time spent in nature has a positive effect on health.

Outdoor activities aren’t only traditional hiking or skiing - there are a huge range of possibilities. Instructions for beginners is available in many of these activities.

Photo: Eeva Mäkinen

There’s no Need to Perform 

Nature can serve as a great gym or jogging trail, but just spending time in nature also produces well-being.

Looking at a beautiful landscape or into a campfire is one of the best ways to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Nature reduces stress levels, improves concentration and helps put worries into perspective.

Volunteer work is Good for You and for Nature

Many people enjoy being alone in nature, but an increasing number prefer to spend time outdoors with friends and relatives. Nature is also a good place for people who don’t have someone to hike with. It’s natural to chat with other hikers on the trails and at campsites.

Volunteer work for the good of nature is also a great way to combine being close to nature with developing new social relationships. Volunteer work outdoors is a double jackpot for well-being: research shows that nature-based activity and volunteer work both enhance well-being. For example, people working at a volunteer camp benefit in both ways. 

Volunteer work is good for you and for the nature. Photo: Elias Lahtinen