Sadly, aging in place might increase the likelihood of social isolation for older adults. Anyone, regardless of age, can experience social isolation, but it can be exacerbated if you no longer drive and find it difficult to leave the house. In this article, we examine the relationship between nature and well-being, and how spending time in nature can improve mental health and make people feel more connected to the world around them.
Nature is a Natural Remedy for Pain
You may have noticed that the majority of hospital artwork is inspired by scenes of nature. This is because as humans we are wired in such a way that nature has a calming influence on us. In fact, recent research has shown patients with a view of trees following gallbladder surgery are able to bear pain better than those with a view of a wall.
Nature Improves Overall Wellbeing
When we have depressive symptoms, our physical health suffers as well. Nature has the ability to promote our overall well-being by increasing positive moods, decreasing stress and anxiety, as well as blood pressure, heart rate, and muscular tension. Taking a leisurely walk in the park or around the garden is an unquestionably fantastic way to spend your day because it has so many health benefits.
Nature Brings Us Together
As social beings, our connection to one another through nature is crucial to our wellbeing. According to a recent study, those who lived in a building that was surrounded by greenery reported knowing more people and feeling a stronger sense of belonging than those who did not. Social isolation can have a detrimental impact on overall health, and when people feel like they belong and care about each other’s well-being, it can facilitate the formation of new relationships with those in our immediate environment.
If you are aging in place and feeling socially isolated, you may have considered moving to a senior living community. The senior living residences at Deer Trail Assisted Living in Rock Springs WY will make you feel right at home. When you’re not relaxing in your personal residence, you can participate in a variety of everyday activities and events where you can meet new people, learn new skills, and maintain your mental acuity.
For more information about senior living at Deer Trail, please give us a call at 307-362-0100.