Step Outside and Heal: The Healing Power of Nature is Just Outside your Door

June 2023

By Clare Broderick, Founder of Greener Cleaner LIVING, LLC


Imagine this: It’s a beautiful June day in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I headed to my favorite trail area – Buttermilk Falls in Ludlow. My family and I ventured into the woods, leaving behind the daily craziness. And guess what? Instant relaxation kicked in! As my feet hit the trail, a wave of calm washed over me, banishing all worries.

The rushing water of the falls, the light whisper of the breeze, and the sounds of the birds all hit my senses. Nature’s beauty always and instantly puts me in awe. Stress melted away with every step, replaced by a comforting calm.

The crisp air filled me with renewed energy. Nature’s healing power worked wonders – once again – reminding me to cherish the moment and let it all sink in.

The real beauty? You or I do not need to travel to any far-off destination to receive nature’s healing benefits. Just step outside, breathe, and embrace the enchantment of a quiet place of nature near you. Spending time in nature can benefit our mental and physical well-being in many ways. Being in nature offers a wide range of healthy perks that positively impact our well-being. Here are some key benefits:

  1. Stress Reduction: Nature provides a natural escape from the demands and stressors of everyday life. Spending time outdoors can lower stress levels, reduce cortisol (stress hormone) production, and promote relaxation.
  2. Improved Mental Health: Nature has a profound impact on mental health. It can alleviate symptoms of anxiety, and depression, and improve overall mood. Being in natural surroundings promotes feelings of calmness, and happiness, and boosts self-esteem.
  3. Enhanced Physical Health: Engaging in outdoor activities encourages physical movement and exercise. Walking, hiking, or biking in nature can improve cardiovascular health, increase stamina, and strengthen muscles. Exposure to sunlight also promotes vitamin D synthesis, essential for bone health.
  4. Boosted Immune System: Spending time in natural environments exposes us to diverse microorganisms, which can enhance our immune system’s strength and resilience.
  5. Cognitive Benefits: Nature has a positive effect on cognitive function and attention restoration. Time spent in green spaces or forests has been linked to improved focus, increased creativity, and enhanced problem-solving abilities
  6. Stress Hormone Regulation: Nature has been shown to reduce levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol. This can have a positive impact on blood pressure, heart rate, and overall stress management.
  7. Improved Sleep Quality: Regular exposure to natural light and fresh air, coupled with physical activity, can help regulate sleep patterns and improve sleep quality.
  8. Increased Vitamin N (Nature): Nature provides a break from the overstimulation of technology and urban environments. This “digital detox” can reduce mental fatigue, improve attention span, and restore mental energy.
  9. Connection and Social Well-being: Nature offers opportunities for social interaction and connection. Engaging in outdoor activities with friends, family, or community groups fosters social bonds and a sense of belonging.
  10. Overall Well-being: Ultimately, being in nature promotes a sense of peace, connection with the natural world, and overall well-being. It allows us to slow down, appreciate the beauty around us, and reconnect with ourselves on a deeper level.

So, whether it’s a stroll in the park, a hike in the mountains, a walk on the beach, or simply sitting under a tree, spending time in nature is a powerful way to nurture our health and enrich our lives.



Clare Broderick is the Director of Partnership Development at the WEforum Group and is the founder of Greener Cleaner LIVING, LLC, a sustainable home and lifestyle consultancy. Clare uses her extensive professional experience in healthcare environment & building design to help women learn to live a more natural, non-toxic lifestyle & make changes to detox your family’s home & health. Get started with this free guide on Top 10 Healthy Home Detox Tips.