“Where are all those twenty-something’s in the forest?” asked Staatsbosbeheer (State forest conservation service) in an article on NOS. Well, here! Apparently I am an exception to the rule. Although it might not be on everyone’s priority list, it would still be a good thing if twenty-something’s would go to the forest more often. Why is that?
Nature keeps your mind healthy
The words “burn-out” and “students” are used in the same sentence more and more; students complain about the pressure of society to get good grades, to take a job next to their studies since student funding has been cut (as if it was cheap in the first place!) and then do something to distinguish yourself (that job at the Italian restaurant is not going to help if you want to be a minister but that year on the board will). If you don’t, your chances on the job market will decrease – a chance that for some is already doubtful as it were.
Of course, there are more possibilities to keep this under control or maybe to let go of control. One of the easiest things to do, however, is to go for a walk in the forest. Contact with nature minimizes your stress and concentration issues. Moreover, nature often gives you inspiration and creativity. Add to this that walking or hiking exacerbates this process: it ameliorates your blood circulation and makes you take in more oxygen. Your brain will like you for it.
Going for a walk, in the forest, will diminish your stress, gives you more concentration and more productivity – which in the end results in less pressure. Nature, as well as the activity of walking, is also good for your immune system. Since stress tears down your immune system, nature can also help you to feel better at a physical level.
Loving nature = sustainable lifestyle?
Something I hear often is that we are the generation of the future. We, the young adults of this age, are young enough to experience the far-reaching consequences of climate change, air pollution and everything else belonging to this “dark future”. On the other hand, we are old enough to adjust our behaviour and to live more sustainably; we have to make a change in a society that consumes more than it returns. In this line, we are overthrown with reasons why being environmentally conscious is important. Many things, however, remain too broad, too vague or too far away. A lot of people, for example, don’t know why you should you separate waste in order to mitigate climate change (Read the reason here).
The reverse is true as well: we don’t really get the importance of nature for sustainability. Take the importance of biodiversity, for example. Why should we protect that one bird that we’ve never even seen or heard of? But indeed, if you don’t know that the extinction of a single species can disturb the balance in biodiversity greatly, you won’t understand its importance.
That bridge has to be constructed, for more knowledge and love for nature will result in more sustainability in society. How can we excite twenty-something’s about nature? That’s what I will try to figure out in this blog.
Do you want to go outside more often but is something holding you back? Please keep on following this blog and send me a message for any of your questions and tips!