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Author: Swati Patel, Red Ranger Volunteer

Humans, since evolution, were very close to nature. 21st century life has made our lives very busy and however distant it may feel, mankind can still find peace in nature.

Not many people would realise it because we have loads of easy entertainment options. Scientific studies claim that nature helps the mind calm down.

People who spend at least 120 minutes per week in nature are more likely to report good health and psychological wellbeing than those who do not visit nature at all in an ordinary week.

(University of Exeter, 2019).

People however might not appreciate the impact, simply because it does not have any visible effect on us. I would like to share how I realised it and live through it everyday.

I suffered from severe anxiety 2-3 years ago. I never realised, but I started travelling solo whenever such issues arose. What going close to nature and offbeat did to me is what some drugs do to people. Nature calms me and lifts my mood to a state where issues exist but don’t bother me as much. Nature helps me regain the capacity to deal with situations in life and this leads to my overall better wellbeing.

There is no going back for me once I started to appreciate nature, But well, it will cause us no harm. So why not!?