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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

June 14-15-16, 2024

The focus for today, and the weekend, is:

I choose to experience daily contact with nature and its biodiversity.

Today's inspiration was written by Andrea Mechelli:

Studies have demonstrated that contact with nature benefits mental wellbeing, especially for those who live in cities. For example, the risk of developing the two most prevalent mental disorders in the world, depression and anxiety, is 71% lower in urban dwellers who live near green spaces. Furthermore, green spaces with high natural diversity have more mental health benefits than those with low natural diversity.

The benefits of nature for mental wellbeing can be maximised by protecting and promoting biodiversity in our natural environments. This means less landscaped gardens and parks of mown grass, which are typically associated with low biodiversity, and instead, more spaces such as wild meadows and waterways which provide a more attractive habitat for a range of plants and animals.

However, to experience the mental health benefits of biodiversity, we do not have to live near a diverse green space over a long period of time. In fact, benefits can be experienced through daily brief incidental encounters with biodiverse nature.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the InnerSelf.com article:
     How Nature's Diversity Can Boost Your Mental Wellbeing
     Written by Andrea Mechelli, King's College London.
Read the complete article here.

About the author: Andrea Mechelli is a Professor of Early Intervention in Mental Health at King's College London. 

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of InnerSelf.com, wishing you a day of connecting with the healing power of Nature (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
Being in nature and communing with Nature is such a healing experience. Simply being in the silence and letting the peace of the surroundings fill you is an extremely healing, rejuvenating, and reenergizing experience. You don't have to spend hours... The quality of the time spent is more important than the quantity or length of the experience.

Our focus for today: I choose to experience daily contact with nature and its biodiversity.

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