Health benefits to spending time in nature
It’s true that our personal peace and confidence can be rooted in time spent in nature.
Studies have found multiple benefits to being around flora. Not only do plants lower our anxiety levels, but they also reduce physiological and psychological stress as we care for them. One study found that people are 15 per cent more creative when surrounded by greenery.
Those plants in your office are important, too. Plants can increase our attentiveness and memory by 20 per cent. They can also increase our productivity, as one study shows that employees were more productive with plants in their workspaces.
But National Tree Day isn’t just a reminder to give your indoor plants a drink. Not sure how to go about planting a tree by yourself? There are plenty of ways to get involved in your environment and your community.
If you want to be further connected to the JCU community, you could join the TropEco intern program. Make a positive contribution to sustainability and increase your skills and knowledge through the many projects available at both JCU Townsville and JCU Cairns. You’ll also receive certification for your efforts.
If you’re more drawn to your local community, there are multiple community groups to join in caring for our environment. You could check out Coastal Dry Tropic Landcare Inc. in Townsville or Mulgrave Landcare & Catchment Group Inc. in Cairns. Or you could search through the many groups throughout your area that need people passionate about protecting and improving our natural world.
By getting outside, getting our hands dirty, and getting together with like-minded people with a passion for plants, we can make a difference in our mental health, in our community and in our world.