Well-being effects

  • Scientific research proves that nature does improve your health and well-being in many ways.
  • Spending time in natural environment increases your physical activity. You will not even notice that you are moving more briskly than in indoor activities.
  • You can refresh your spirit and mind and reduce stress by being in natural environment.
  • Being in natural surroundings can improve your ability to focus and it can also reduce your blood pressure and your heart rate.
  • Different activities done in natural environments can improve your social well-being and sense of community and belonging.
  • Doing things together with other people might make you more positive towards other people.
  • Being out of doors will make you see things in a positive way.

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Notice that even a short time spent in natural surroundings can support your well-being

  • 5 minutes in natural surroundings; your blood pressure and heartbeat drops.
  • 20 minutes; your mood gets better.
  • 60 minutes; your ability to focus gets better.
  • 2 hours; your body can revive its defense mechanism.
  • 5 hours in a month; your positive feelings will increase.
  • 3 days in a row; your vitality increases, feelings of depression and tiredness decrease, high blood pressure drops, blood sugar stabilizes, amount of stress hormones decreases, amount of proteins that prevent cancer increases, your resistance mechanism will strengthen. (Arvonen 2015.)

Let nature be part of your daily habits

In Vaasa region there are plenty of beautiful parks and a long seaside. You could let nature be part of your daily routines by walking through the parks or along the seaside. You can enjoy nature in many different ways. All the activities in natural surroundings enhance your well-being.

Read more: Open air exercise.


Enjoy the natural silence

After a busy day at school, it could be nice to enjoy some natural silence. In Vaasa region you can quite easily find a restful and peaceful place to relax. You could go for a walk along the seaside and listen how the wind blows. Or you could make a short trip to some of the natural surroundings of Vaasa region and listen to the sounds of nature.

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Watch the magnificent starry skies

In Vaasa region it is easy to find a dark but safe natural place where you can enjoy magnificent starry skies. If you are lucky, you may even have a chance to spot the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Read more: Starry skies and watch the video.


Enjoy nature while indoors

If you do not have the time or the energy to do activities outdoors, you could refresh your mind and spirit through watching images of natural surroundings. Another good way to take a short break and enhance your well-being, is watching the scenery through the window. In Finland there are trees and bushes everywhere. Watching birds and trees can bring more pleasure to your day and increase your creativity. You can also experience Finnish nature virtually through different seasons, so open your eyes and ears and enjoy nature virtually. (The Finnish Association for Mental Health & Finnish Forest Centre 2017).

Spring: https://youtu.be/be2VNfm4-qg

Summer: https://youtu.be/wqasPNZd3uU

Autumn: https://youtu.be/DEUpOV3eSVU

Winter: https://youtu.be/8ZY78mNG2_Q


Learn the essentials Finnish culture

Nature and different activities done in natural surroundings are an essential part of the Finnish culture and mindset. Nature can be like a bridge between people from different cultures and countries. Nature provides equal surroundings for people to encounter each other. Doing things together in natural environments can build up your sense of empowerment and strengthen your feelings of belonging to a community.

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Well-being from nature
The Finnish Association for Mental Health