“It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.”
― L.M. Montgomery,
The beginning of November is a perfect time to reflect and reconnect with nature. As the last colors of fall slip away and our lives become focused on winter preparations and the upcoming holidays, take some time to welcome the season by being present — outdoors. Are you living with nature?
A recent study, “Therapeutic landscapes and wellbeing in later life: Impacts of blue and green spaces for older adults” was published in both Health & Place Journal and Science Daily.
This research study was led by Jessica Finlay with the University of Minnesota. The team looked at the influence contact with nature has on your sense of well-being in later life. They concluded a connection with nature to be a health resource for older adults. Being in nature promoted feelings of renewal, restoration, and spiritual connectedness. It can also enhance your sense of purpose and reduce loneliness.
Natural environments enable older adults to uphold daily structure in retirement and provide opportunities for diverse activities outside the home. This is important to quality of later life by decreasing boredom, isolation, and loneliness; as well as boosting one’s sense of purpose and accomplishment. — Science Daily
Living with Nature: Greenery
The Washington Post reported having greenery in your neighborhood enhances your health, “Scientists have discovered that living near trees is good for your health”
“Being in nature also bestows a sense of connectedness, meaning, and purpose. …In a world bogged down by social pressures, standards of conduct, and the demands of others, nature gives people a chance to appreciate a grander sense that the world is alive, fascinating and meaningful. This universal appeal crosses all cultures and time periods.” – CRC Health
3 Simple Tips: Living with Nature
What steps can we take to enhance living with nature?
Jessica Finlay offers three simple tips for healthier aging (See: ScienceDaily.com “Everyday access to nature improves quality of life in older adults”)
“1. Focus on your overall well-being: mental and social health are just as important as physical health when aging.
2. Get out the door regularly, even if it’s just to the end of the block and back.
3. Prioritize everyday contact with nature — whether it’s sitting in a park, listening to a water fountain, or looking at potted plants on a windowsill.”
How are you welcoming nature’s change of the seasons this November?