What is biophilia? And could it help you beat stress and boost your wellness?

Biophilia refers to the healing power of nature and it is probably my favourite word in the world! When you’re busy and stressed out one of the easiest ways to calm you down is to simply get out in nature. It’s also great for improving your mental clarity and boosting your overall health.

Getting out into nature sometimes isn’t as easy (or appealing) in winter as it is in summer but it’s so important for your moods. Seeing sunlight makes you happier and gives you a dose of vitamin D which then prevents Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Mindfulness is key to biophilia so when you get out in nature try to touch things and notice the sounds and smells. If it’s not too cold take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes or the mist-covered grass under your feet. This is called “grounding” or “earthing” and is a buzz word in the wellness world right now.

When you’re grounding yourself, take 10 breaths, with your eyes closed, so you can really feel yourself in nature. It might sound hippie but, trust me, afterwards you’ll feel on your A-game and be more clear and focused. If you like meditation you can even try meditating in nature as well. If you find your mind wandering try asking yourself these three ask questions to bring you back to the present moment:

What time is it? Now.

Where I am? Here.

What do I have? This moment.

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