September 13, 2018  | By

Physio Logic Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Julie Graham of FRESH Med NYC, discusses the health benefits of spending time in nature to balance out the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Picture Courtesy of Julie Graham on Yokum Pond, Berkshires, MA

The Healing Power of Nature

The many benefits of spending time in nature is nothing new. Cyrus the Great, who some 2,500 years ago, built gardens for relaxation in the busy capital of Persia. Paracelsus, the 16th-century German-Swiss physician, gave voice to that same intuition when he wrote, “The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician.” In 1798, sitting on the banks of the River Wye, William Wordsworth marveled at how “an eye made quiet by the power of harmony” offered relief from “the fever of the world.” American writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Muir inherited that outlook. Along with Olmsted, they built the spiritual and emotional case for creating the world’s first national parks by claiming that nature had healing powers.” Thanks @natgeo

Nature In The City

Even if you live in NYC, there are plenty of ways to tap into nature. New York City has more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities across the five boroughs. Park properties range from swimming pools to wetlands and from woodlands to skating rinks. We love getting lost in Central Park, as some trails really leave you believing you’ve taken a trip into the woods.

Nature Sounds and Psychology

Just hearing nature sounds are helpful in reducing stress and the fight or flight response. Don’t have time for a weekend getaway in nature? Download some nature sounds on your phone to help you relax.

A Dose of Nature Rx

May your day feel this relaxing! Being out in nature in the gorgeous Berkshires for a few days (with welcomed spotty cell service) is just what the doctor (Graham) ordered! As busy Manhattanites, a trip into the quiet and beauty of nature is just the medicine we needed to combat the noise and energy of NYC. #yinyang

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