Some days it feels as though my city is yelling at me, particularly if I’ve skipped too many doses of “Vitamin N” (for “nature”).
Recently my son asked, “Mommy need to go into nature?” Cute, right? He understands how much I need nature to be at my best. (He posed this question after pouring his expensive organic milk on the floor, running through it and tossing his lunch in the puddle.)
I’d much rather be under the influence…of nature. It cures my irritability and so much more — time spent outside reduces stress, makes people more generous and combats loneliness.
To realize the full benefits of time spent in nature, DO:
- Inhale: it will lead to clearer thinking
- Look directly at it: even if it’s poop
- Bring a friend: download our tool kits for workplaces or schools
- Listen: turn off your cell phone ringer that sounds like a bird or cricket and listen for the real thing
Nature is calling. Will you answer? Join us for the 30×30 Nature Challenge.
So… if “hangry” is the anger you feel when you’re hungry, what’s the term for the irritability you feel when you’re due for time in nature?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green