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4 Benefits of Immersing Yourself in Nature

While on vacation in Dominica, there are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy some of the Earth’s most rejuvenating sights, sounds, and scents. There’s no doubt that being so close in touch with the natural world is a gift for the mind and body, and — believe it or not — it’s a gift that keeps on giving when you return home, too. Whether you head out to your backyard or a nearby walking trail, find just a few of the many benefits that you’ll reap when connecting with your roots. 

1. Nature is the best fitness center.

Exercise alone releases endorphins and improves physical health—but exercise set in nature does wonders for the mind and body. Whether you’re traveling the globe or remaining at home, try to find your outdoor “gym.” Is it your neighborhood bike path? A river or lake? Or your apartment balcony? In Dominica, our gym expands from the sea to the treetops. Our guests get their hearts racing and blood pumping while snorkeling, hiking and canyoning. The crisp island air provides the opportune setting for less strenuous physical activity like yoga, as well.

2. It’s a welcome break for your eyes. 

Artificial light from your phone, TV and computer screens can take a toll on your eyes throughout the day. Effects like dry eyes, headaches, an inability to focus and a lack of energy are all tied to screen time and poor indoor lighting. So, take some time each day to give your eyes a break by spending a moment in the outdoors. Look upward and outward, allowing your eyes to gaze much farther than the décor in your home or office. Keep your phone in your pocket or at home to really soak in the natural light and surroundings. 

3. Nature is linked to increases in creativity and productivity.

If you’re feeling uninspired or having trouble focusing throughout the day, take a moment away from your task at hand and step outside. Take in the air, the wildlife, the sounds with all of your senses. If you can get to a place nearby with few external distractions, try to spend a moment alone with Mother Earth. When you return to your work, you may find yourself more clear-headed, more creative or more motivated to continue. Immersing yourself in nature is definitely bound to have positive short-term effects, but it should have long-term benefits as well—so that tropical vacation you plan for the end of the year should fuel your brainpower well into the winter.

4. Spending time outdoors is a great stress reliever.

Whether you choose a hike through the woods or simply sinking your toes into the grass, getting outdoors and spending some time with nature is an effective way to reduce stress. If you’ve been experiencing stress as tension in your body, try a calming activity like meditation. Sit or lie in the grass or on a bench, close your eyes, and let yourself be present in that moment. Any kind of activity—whether that be exercise, photography, or sketching—done outdoors may help ease your mind and boost your mood.

We look forward to helping you fully immerse yourself in nature during your future visit. In the meantime, we recommend carving out a little bit of time each day to embrace the outdoors—however that may be.

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