It’s summer here in SC…a great time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. With all of the national and state parks as well as beaches, lakes and other natural spaces, there is always some way to get outside, even if it’s in your own backyard.
Being outdoors can be a magical experience. Surrounding yourself in the beauty of nature in all it’s forms is amazing. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life is soothing. And taking a break from all of the technology is necessary for maintaining health!
Unfortunately, most people spend little to no time outside. In fact, most people suffer from “vitamin N” deficiency. In his book Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv writes about the rapidly growing amount of research that shows how vital it is for children to be exposed to nature. He introduced the term “nature deficit disorder”. And he makes the connection between the need for time in nature and the emotional and physical health of both children and adults.
Our ancestors spent much of their time outdoors working. But we live in a time when we have never been so disconnected from nature. And nature deficit disorder may be impacting your health considerably!