Reading in nature is one of the best ways to relax and unwind and embrace the beauty of the world around us. Too often, technology reels us in to excessively using our phones, laptops and other gadgets, and the business of general life, work and chores makes it difficult to take a minute out for ourselves, but it’s so important that we do.
Our physical health is crucially important but we often forget to nurture and look after our mental health, unwind and rest and take some time to ourselves. Reading is one of those things that often provides a great amount of comfort and peace to people with very busy lives, and is incredibly healthy for the mind and body. By stopping movement, and focusing your mind on words that can create pictures in your own mind, you’re switching your brain from fast-paced, analytic mode to calamity and mindfulness. It can even be interpreted as a form of meditation.
What’s more, being around nature has been shown to improve mental health. An example of the benefits of nature on your mental health comes from a study of 20,000 people led by the European Centre for Encouraging and Human Health. It found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces were substantially more likely to report good health and improved psychological wellbeing vs. those that didn’t.
So, for all avid book readers out there, reading in nature may be the best thing to help you calm your mind and fuel your imagination. The cool air, the quietness, the scents of the flowers and foliage makes for the perfect reading space. Spending time in nature also inspires a sense of awe. This feeling that the world is so much bigger than you can comprehend leads to “expansive thinking,” which allows us to consider different perspectives and can lead to innovative ideas. This, combined with reading and taking in all the creative ideas from the story you’re reading would be incredibly beneficial for writers in the midst of writing their own novel
The scenery for a novel in the works could also be wonderfully inspired by nature, for example the “Hobbit Holes” in “Lord of the Rings”, little dens inspired by the tremendously thick trunks of native trees, or he forest in “Alice and Wonderland” full of colour with strange and peculiar creatures around every corner. There are so many different benefits to reading in a natural setting, after all, it’s where we all would have resided historically, so we still have a strong connection with it.
So, where’s your favourite place to read, and why? Comment below! We are always interested to hear your thoughts!
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