NURTURED BY NATURE
“Barbara Rosenkotter, current Board President of the Preservation Trust, made the following remarks at SJPT’s Summer Social on August 5, 2023. They speak to a theme that’s highly relevant to our mission, so we’re sharing them here:””I was recently reading an article titled ‘How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier and More Creative.’ Overall, we are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies show that being in nature has a profoundly positive impact on our brains and behaviors, helping reduce anxiety and stress, and increasing our attention, creativity, and ability to connect with other people.
“The article highlighted studies showing these results, and from the studies we are seeing changes in the brain and the body suggesting that we are physically and mentally healthier when we are interacting with nature. Being out in nature makes us feel alive and vital. It gives us energy, makes us happier, helps us to relieve stress, opens the door to creativity, and helps us be kind to others.
“All these benefits of being in nature add credibility and urgency to the goals of preserving natural spaces and spending more time immersed in the natural world.
“We are grateful for all the efforts of our volunteers and the generous support of our donors, who all make it possible for the San Jaun Preservation Trust to advance our mission of conserving special places in the San Juans, caring for the lands and waters under our protection, and connecting people to nature, to each other, and to the Preservation Trust.”
Now, let’s all get outside and take some deep breaths. Feel better? If so, it’s not just your imagination.