This is Day 8 of the 20 Days of Chill writing challenge hosted by P. J. at A ‘lil HooHaa. Today's prompt is A dose of Vitamin N. Please visit the other participants for more interesting views on this topic.
What is Vitamin N? The answer is simple. It is Nature. You may be wondering why nature is now classified as a Vitamin.
Let's look at it this way. Think about how you feel after a walk in the park, a picnic by the lake, a visit to the zoo, or a camping trip. Okay so all camping trips aren't great, particularly when Mother Nature is not cooperating, e.g. rain. But still, you are out in the wide open spaces, building fires, playing ball, or whatever gets your nature-related groove on. You get the idea - you just feel better.
We are connected to the earth, grass, trees, sky and water. All of these are things we, as humans, are hard wired to love. It's in our DNA so to speak, and we can actually suffer from withdrawal when we are deprived. Our connection with nature helps reduce the stress that builds up in our technologically-powered lives.
Being one with nature is also good for the brain. While getting some exercise outdoors in the fresh air, we breathe more deeply thus supplying our brain with an abundance of oxygen. Did you know that your brain uses 20% of body's oxygen supply? Studies have even shown there to be a connection between ADHD and the lack of vitamin N. Children across the board respond to nature therapy with a reduction in symptoms.
There is even a term for the lack of nature in our lives. It is called Nature Deficiency Disorder? The good news is that it is totally curable.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get yourself a big dose of Vitamin N, the ultimate natural vitamin.
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I agree with you! I get a lot of my "N" from my toasty warm sunroom. Last night we had a snow squall with very high winds and about 2 inches of snow. It was beautiful and felt so right after a 70 degree Christmas. I remember your mom getting her "N" all the time. Wise lady..... Oh I loved your info about 20% of the oxygen going to the brain! We should get some indoor plants......ReplyDelete
I agree that Christmas and New Year's should be cold. I remember one New Year's eve we went out and it was so cold. I think that might have been Red Lobster and we were waiting on a table and every time someone opened the door - Whoosh came another blast of cold air. There is still snow in our forecast for Sunday.Delete
I saw a news report within just the last couple of days that talked about the health benefits of walking in a wooded area. Supposedly, the serenity and calming effect of a walk in the woods has a significant positive effect on a body. HMMMM...the price is right for sure. I bet there are some pharmaceutical companies that are trying to figure out how to cash in on it. "Nature N A Bottle".ReplyDelete
Cheryl, not sure how I missed this. I love walking in the woods, in any season. My mom and I used to walk in the woods after a snow. So pretty and peaceful. To bottle that feeling would net you a fortune.Delete
I need to make sure I get more Vitamin N in 2016, that's for sure. There's a lot of things I need to do for my personal "well being" and that's on there. Definitely worth getting out.ReplyDelete
Yes, and often Vitamin D and N go together. Sort of a two for one.Delete
I like your reminder that Vitamins D and N go together. Just remember the sunscreen.ReplyDelete
The good thing is that Vitamin N is always available unless maybe you live and work in a big city, then you just to make more effort.Delete