What are the beautiful benefits of being out in nature?
This week we chose an article from March 2013 that seemed perfect for this beautiful Fall weather and a great reminder to reclaim our spirit in nature.
As adults, we may not always take time to be outside. Enjoying your garden or taking a long walk can restore the soul during trying times. Here is a reminder of the beauty of the outdoors and the benefits to our children.
It is incredible to live in the Golden Corner and be able to look out each day on the grandeur of the Blue Ridge Mountains…as many of us know, “God’s Country!”
We are blessed with so many natural “playgrounds” close to home that provide our children opportunities for swimming, hiking, camping, exploring, kayaking, and so much more. Not only does this allow our children to experience new things, but it teaches them a love for the outdoors.
Of course, given a choice, most of our children would prefer to stay inside (close to electrical sockets and all the entertainment sources they power).
“Restore balance. Most kids have technology, school and extracurricular activities covered. It’s time to add a pinch of adventure, a sprinkle of sunshine and a big handful of outdoor play.” - Penny Whitehouse
There are Many Reasons Being in Nature Helps
However, at Collins Children's Home, we believe kids need fresh air and exercise. And research backs us up…research shows that kids who spend time outside in nature are:
Calmer -This is particularly important for ADHD kids because it lowers their need for medication. Still, fresh air soothes the senses of all children.
Happier- Studies show sunshine, fresh air, and physical activity all encourage good moods and reduce tendencies toward depression.
Healthier - many kids who don't get enough time outdoors are Vitamin D deficient, causing health risks. Indoor air is also usually less healthy. And kids who play outdoors more even have better vision and less need for eyeglasses, presumably because they stare at screens less.
Less likely to be overweight - Pediatricians recommend at least an hour of play during childhood to protect against obesity and diabetes.
Better students- Research shows that kids who play outdoors actually have longer attention spans, less frustrated, and do better in school. Kids even do better on tests if allowed to play first. It's all that oxygen to the brain!
More creative- Outdoor play is often less structured than what kids do indoors with technology. Kids exercise their imaginations and their bodies.
“To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator… someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.” -Nicolette Sowder
Remember the Days Chasing Lightning Bugs?
Did you grow up as I did, building dams in the creeks, climbing trees, and chasing lightning bugs as the evening darkened? If you did, you'd agree with me that all children deserve these experiences.
We believe these are the memories our children will treasure as they get older. As we explore and enjoy “God’s Country,” we thank the Lord for all He created. He knows each star in the heavens and each bird in the air. Thank you, Lord, for the beauty of the flowers in your garden or the birds as they sing to one another…we are blessed.
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