When was the last time you enjoyed nature? As adults with busy lives, we spend most of our day concentrating on a to-do list, and it’s hard to take time to enjoy the beautiful things the world has to offer.
Nothing can be more relaxing than sitting in front of a lake and watching the sunset. Perhaps a walk through the forest that leads us to appreciate incredible waterfalls is something we need to feel alive and grateful for inhabiting this world.
Summer is the best season to plan a trip with the family, reconnect with nature and put our worries aside for at least a few days.
And what better place than the Poconos Mountains for a short vacation. You can get there in a few hours from New Jersey or New York.
What are the benefits of being in contact with nature?
- Decreases negative stress or distress and all associated pathologies and conditions such as anguish, sadness, malaise, depression.
- Increases creative and artistic ability.
- It helps to improve short, medium, and long-term memory.
- It also increases self-esteem.
- You can improve the quality of sleep, a benefit that directly results in the effective control of certain associated pathologies: chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, hyperactivity, etc.
- Control of blood pressure directly results in preventing such important cardiovascular diseases as heart failure, heart attack, chronic arrhythmia, etc.
- It helps to improve our immune system, our defenses against viruses, bacteria, etc.
- Improves our endocrine system, which positively results in the prevention and control of pathologies related to our digestive, sexual, metabolic systems, etc.
- It helps with the relaxation of our muscles, reducing the chronic pain of certain diseases of inflammatory origin such as sciatica, low back pain, ankylosing spondylitis, etc.
Being in nature lowers anger, fear, and tension while increasing pleasant sensations. Nature not only improves your emotional well-being, but it also improves your physical well-being by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, muscular tension, and the generation of stress chemicals. It may even lower mortality rates.
Furthermore, nature assists us in coping with suffering. We are engrossed by nature sceneries and diverted from our pain and anguish because we are genetically built to find trees, plants, water, and other natural components captivating.
Additionally, spending time in nature or seeing natural sights improves our capacity to focus. We may readily focus on what we are experiencing out in nature since people find nature intrinsically intriguing. This also gives our hyperactive thoughts a break, allowing us to focus on new activities.
Why is nature deficit becoming a problem?
The premise behind the nature-deficit disorder is that people, particularly children, are spending less time outside and leading to a variety of behavioral issues. Even though it is not a recognized medical illness, worries regarding its consequences on well-being are gaining traction.
Reconnecting with nature is a vital necessity for anyone who wants to feel good about themselves physically, psychologically, and emotionally. But how can we connect with nature in this noisy and stressful 21st century? In many and varied ways as simple as the following:
– Art therapy activities. Go on an excursion and collect some stones and paint them, go looking for blackberries to make a cake, take a photographic walk through a beautiful park. There are many art therapy activities that you can practice as a couple or as a family to unleash your creativity using the simple treasures that mother nature makes us.
– Outdoor sports. Practicing a sport adapted to your physical conditions is highly recommended, but if you also do it outside, your endorphins will skyrocket, and the physical and emotional benefits will multiply.
– A Guided meditation therapy. Today many guided meditation therapies take advantage of the peace and silence of the forest or the beach to increase the effectiveness of the exercises.
And of course, our main recommendation for you is to visit the Poconos this summer. You can stay at one of our properties that right now it’s offering a great discount for the end of August.
Here we make a list of some of the routes you can go on a hike and explore nature at its best:
The Warner Falls are readily seen from the roadway and are easily accessible. The falls drop 20 feet into a still pool of water, continuing to make a gently meandering trail between the grassy banks on each side of Warner Creek. On the right side of the road are the falls. Parking is permitted past the guardrail. Make sure you’re completely off the road when you park. Level of physical exertion: 7.
-The Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area:
Located off Route 115 near Blakeslee is a 130-acre park popular for hiking, fishing, waterfall viewing, and picnics. The natural area also has three blazed hiking trails: the orange-blazed Pine Trail is an easy half-mile walk; the blue-blazed Highland Trail circles approximately a mile through hardwood and pine woods; and the red-blazed Stream Trail follows the creek out and back for a little over two miles. The Austin T. Blakeslee Natural Area welcomes leashed dogs.
-Seven Tubs Nature Area:
Seven Tubs Nature Area is a 500-acre outdoor recreational facility in Upstate Pennsylvania. The glacial meltwater that caused potholes and filled up pools or “tubs” of water gave the area its name. A stream that flows through a valley filled with tubs gouged into the underlying bedrock is the centerpiece of Seven Tubs Nature Area.
-Hickory Run State Park:
The western slopes of the Pocono Mountains are home to the 15,990-acre Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County. More than 40 miles of hiking trails in this vast park, three state park natural areas, and miles of trout streams. The park is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. At sunset, day-use zones close. Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York City are all within two or three hours’ travel of the park, as are Allentown, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre. Take Exit 274 at the Hickory Run State Park Exit off I-80 and head east on PA 534 for about 6 miles.
-Ricketts Glen State Park:
Ricketts Glen State Park is one of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful spots. This huge park spans 13,193 acres in three counties: Luzerne, Sullivan, and Columbia. The Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark, is located in Ricketts Glen. Explore the glens on the Falls Trail System, which has a succession of wild, free-flowing waterfalls that cascade down rock-strewn clefts in this old mountainside.