From a Yale School of Environment article published January 9, 2020:
". . . studies have shown that time in nature — as long as people feel safe — is an antidote for stress: It can lower blood pressure and stress hormone levels, reduce nervous system arousal, enhance immune system function, increase self-esteem, reduce anxiety, and improve mood. Attention Deficit Disorder and aggression lessen in natural environments, which also help speed the rate of healing. In a recent study, psychiatric unit researchers found that being in nature reduced feelings of isolation, promoted calm, and lifted mood among patients."
So - let's increase our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being! Spend more time in your backyard or garden. Walk to your local park more often. (Or spend quality time for a few solid days at a resort up north to get to a deeper level.) Minnesota is chock-full of lakes and woods; take advantage of all these scenic natural resources. Whether it's a day-trip, a weekend sojourn, or a week's vacay with the fam, we invite you to allow the nurturing, natural surroundings of Minnesota's northwoods, gift you the opportunity to relax, play, connect with others, and reconnect with your inner self.
(CWC Photo Contest Winner - thanks Jake Louwsma for this entry!)