Why Nature?

Nature is at the heart of our programs.

Being with nature makes us feel good. Why is that? Why does too much screen time make us feel tired and stressed? Watch this short story to find out, and meet your cave-dwelling ancestors on the way!

In what ways does nature make us feel good?

There’s been a surge of interest from researchers in understanding how being in natural settings improves our health and wellbeing. Key findings are that time spent the right way in nature can bring about feelings of relaxation and peace, while decreasing feelings of stress and anxiety. It can enhance our levels of vitality and positive mood, and help us feel a stronger purpose in life. That’s what research is confirming - is that your experience too?

In a 2019 survey of 54,000 Australians, 77% agreed that they'd be happier if they spent more time in nature. It topped the charts in the 'happiness stakes'

In one study in Mind, 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced.

What is nature connectedness?

Nature connectedness describes a person’s relationship with the natural world. Their emotional attachment to it, and their views on belonging to it.

It is how connected we feel to nature when we are in it, rather than the amount of time we spend in it, that brings about many of the well-being benefits we are seeking.

‘Time spent the right way in nature’ - what does this mean?

A team of researchers from the University of Derby found that just spending time in nature doesn’t necessarily bring about wellbeing benefits. You could spend a week in the rugged wilderness of Alaska and still feel stressed, anxious and worried.

The secret ingredient to nature aiding our wellbeing, according to these researchers, is how connected one feels to the natural world while they are in it. If people are in nature, and feel connected to it, they will experience wellbeing benefits.

So how can we feel more connected to nature?

It’s how we engage with nature when we’re in it that affects our well-being. We need to tune into and notice nature on a daily basis to receive the benefits.

Most of us are tuned out, even when we are in a pristine natural setting. In one study, 80% of people said that they rarely or never watched wildlife, smelled flowers or did drawings or photography of nature. 62% of people rarely or never listened to bird song or took a moment to notice butterflies or bees. Only 6% celebrated natural events such as the longest day.

The great news is that this feeling of connectedness is more important than the type of nature you are in.

So you could engage, in a connected way, with the moon from your suburban backyard. Even with traffic noise in the background you could sit in your backyard and watch the moon. Feeling a sense of awe and reverence towards it, noticing its craters, noticing it’s soft glow, appreciating its beauty in the sky. Engaging with it in this connected way would leave you feeling calmer and happier.

Most of us need prompting and support to engage with nature in a way that increases our feeling of connection to it, and improves our health and wellbeing.  

At ‘It’s Naturally You’, we provide you with the prompts and support.

We offer nature based programs that help you to:

  • Get you in touch with your senses
  • Spark your curiosity and creativity
  • Help you notice and enjoy the beauty of the natural world around you
  • Provide fun ways to learn about your local plants, animals and natural systems
  • Inspire you to care even more about the animals and plants around you

What people are saying

This is how people feel after a forest therapy walk.

"I feel lighter and stress-free."

JOHN SALUSTRI

"I noticed the beauty around me and feel relaxed and re-energised."

KARLIE GARTNER

"I feel more present and my senses are sharper."

ILAN ABERGEL

“I feel more in the land, more in my body, tuned into nature, happy. I feel more like me.”

RYTA KUNCIANAS

“I feel happier and more centred. I also have a greater sense of my place in nature, allowing me to shift perspective and be positive and relevant."

NAOMI GRAY

“An incredibly memorable experience”

RORY HAYES

Free Gift - nature sounds

We're recording the stunning soundscapes of our remote Gippsland property 'Murrindal.' Feel relaxed and inspired by the sounds of the natural world and bring some wildness into your day. Click below for the free track 'Bemm River Birdsong.'

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