Harmony in Nature: Transforming Women's Health Through Natural Choices
Women have unique health journeys. From getting pap smears and mammograms to experiencing menstruation and menopause to childbirth to working through postpartum and other mental health conditions, women navigate a lot to maintain their health and well-being.
If you’re hoping to continue on a path of good health or start one, incorporating more nature into your life is one of the best steps you can take. A nature-centered lifestyle can transform your physical and mental health, offering benefits like physical fitness and a deeper relationship with yourself.
Dive into this article to learn more about how influential nature can be on a woman’s overall health and quality of life.
How Embracing Nature Impacts Women’s Physical and Mental Well-Being
Sometimes it feels like there are a lot of things in the world working against you achieving optimal physical, mental, and emotional health. But if you’ve ever stepped out into the sun and immediately felt uplifted, you’ve experienced how even a simple nature-related activity can improve your well-being.
Here’s more on how using natural products and going outdoors regularly can elevate your mental well-being as well as your physical health.
Enhance your mental health
Depression, anxiety, and eating disorders are some of the most common mental health conditions among women. There are also mental health challenges unique to women, like postpartum depression and premenstrual dysphoric disorder, that many are living with.
Learning how to cope with the symptoms of any mental health condition is critical because if you don’t, you could experience a poorer quality of life, destructive behaviors like substance abuse, and insecure housing and finances.
Along with a treatment plan from a qualified medical professional, interacting with nature regularly can positively impact your mental health.
For example, your stress levels get lower when you immerse yourself in nature. You can relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression by spending time outdoors. You become calmer and more relaxed. Being in nature can also help you with mood swings and other premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms that affect your mental and emotional state.
Nature is essentially an instant mental health enhancer for women.
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Stay physically fit
Along with mental health advantages, connecting with nature can have a profound impact on women’s physical health.
Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of death for women is heart disease. In addition, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), just over 45% of women 18 and older had hypertension, increasing their risk for serious health outcomes like a heart attack or stroke.
Thankfully, doing something as simple as getting out in nature can improve heart health and hypertension. This is because being outdoors inspires physical activity. And regular physical activity is one of the best ways to take care of your heart, reduce blood pressure, and get your body into good shape.
Women who spend more time in nature can improve their physical fitness and internal functions.
Cultivate your relationship with yourself
So much of how healthy, happy, and comfortable women are in their lives has to do with the kind of relationship they have with themselves.
For example, when you have a fractured relationship with yourself, showering yourself with a lot of blame, shame, and negativity, taking good care of your mental and physical health won’t be at the top of your list. You’ll also struggle to create a meaningful life.
On the other hand, a positive relationship with yourself forces you to prioritize your holistic health and live with purpose.
Spending time in nature is one of the best ways to grow closer to yourself. You can unplug from technology and take your self-care outdoors. You can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life to reflect and process how you’re feeling and what you're going through.
Even if it’s just for 10 minutes on a stroll through a nearby park, you have the opportunity to learn about yourself and put plans in place to live healthier and happier.
Incorporating More Nature into Your Life Can Be Simple
It may seem like it will take a lot to transition to a nature-centered lifestyle and reap the health and wellness benefits. But in all actuality, incorporating more nature into your life can be simple.
Start with a biophilic home design. It’s about bringing more greenery and nature into your home. This makes it so you don’t always have to go outside to get the benefits of nature. Incorporate indoor plants throughout your home to improve air quality and boost your mood. Also, make sure a lot of natural light is shining through to support productivity and lower stress.
Take another step in the direction of nature by choosing natural products over unnatural ones whenever you can.
For instance, instead of using a face wash and moisturizer ridden with toxic chemicals, opt for a natural product, like green tea, to enhance your skin health.
Green tea has epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and polyphenols that neutralize free radicals and soothe irritation and inflammation. More importantly, it comes from a plant and is incredibly accessible and affordable.
Replace other products in your home with natural alternatives too, like organic pads instead of synthetic ones and homemade all-natural cleaning solutions instead of store-bought ones.
Finally, we challenge you to commit to a certain amount of time outdoors per week. It can be a 10-minute nature walk per day, a hike every weekend, or a couple of hours of gardening each week. Whatever you can confidently achieve and enjoy.
The more you do it, the more adventurous you may become. If you’re committed to getting ambitious by hiking or camping in a remote location, make sure you know how to stay safe without a cell signal. Once you’re properly prepared and have packed everything you need, your time outdoors will be completely stress-free.
There’s a powerful connection between spending time in nature and enhanced physical health and mental well-being in women. Experience its impact on your life by taking simple actions to incorporate more nature into your routine.
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Amanda Winstead is a writer from the Portland area with a background in communications and a passion for telling stories. Along with writing she enjoys traveling, reading, working out, and going to concerts. If you want to follow her writing journey, or even just say hi you can find her on X.
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