Effects of Nature on the Body and Soul

What comes to mind when you think of nature? What feelings do you associate with nature? If its
thoughts of calmness, joy and pleasant carefree feelings, than it seems I might not be alone in this when
I say that I truly believe that nature is biologically ingrained and forever captivating and inspiring to us
all. I had always felt very calm, clear minded and energized after being outdoors. As I further research
the physical and mental benefits of being outdoors, I am truly amazed at the countless benefits. Did you
know that being in nature contributes to a reduction of anger, fear, and stress and increase of pleasant
feelings. Exposure to nature even when minimal will positively radiate through you
as it will reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and produce a hormone that will help ward
off stress. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists such as public health researchers
Stamatakis and Mitchell. Nature is an amazing source of fuel for the soul and your body, it refreshes and
ignites you all at the same time. So the next time you feel depleted try basking in the sun rays and get
enchanted by the sound of the chirping birds for a healthy recharge of both vitamin D and increased
dose of energy.

The international Journal of Immunopathology and pharmacology published and reported on these
following list of factors of proven scientific reasons of why we should all be spending more times
outdoors; improved short term memory, restored mental energy, stress relief, reduced inflammation,
better vision, improved concentration, sharper thinking and creativity, and possible anti-cancer affects
as well! When painting is done in an outdoor setting it doubles all health benefits. This article excludes
the brief meditation session conducted prior to painting with “Painting Picnik” which I will discuss in
further detail in a future blog post.

Let’s never forget how simply been outdoors can recharge and reconnect us all at the same time! Let us
never underestimate the power nature has on humanity as a main contributor to our general well-being
and truly be kind to our environment that gives us so much and asks for nothing in return!
Nature- If we hold you dear we will have no fear.
A little bird twitted an invite for you to come out and join us out in nature at our next Painting Picnik
event! Hope to see you soon.

The Health Benefits of Painting

These days the media puts a lot of stress on how physical exercise and eating healthy foods can help us be and stay healthy. Rarely is painting discussed and is given the stage as much as the latter. Therefore, I am here to shed some light on some crucial health benefits of painting collected from personal experiences throughout my “Painting Picnik Events”.

Painting nurtures emotional growth in ways that are immeasurable simultaneously to both the creative mind and therapeutic well being of the soul state. When emotions surface from underneath through painting it allows for a face to brush healing to take place. Painful encounters or experiences can be painted away into a canvas.

Painting fosters creativity in the right and left hemispheres of the brain as well. If you believe that you are a left brained person taking on a painting activity it will allow you to stimulate and nurture your right brain side where creativity is found. Painting has also been found to help strengthen your memory so you stay sharp well into old age!

Painting improves as well as maintains fine motor skills as well as initiate a second nature problem solving skill set. When your outcome of what you intended to paint changes due to several variables of artistic implementation you must think outside the box in order to complete the artwork as it evolves. Thinking outside the box will become second nature. This simple problem solving thought skill can also be used throughout countless challenges we meet as well in our daily lives when one must act quickly and come up with potential alternative solutions to solve unexpected problems.

Painting will alleviate and combat any affects stress or anxiety has on our mental health state both in the present and future. Focusing on the creative, painting will release you from any pressures that plaque the mind, relaxes you and removes all mental strain.
Painting promotes optimistic feelings as well when others are enlightened by the creation of their artwork. It allows one to be proud of ones artistic achievements and fosters satisfaction of growth in future development of artistic skill set.

In conclusion you might not get a six pack of abs or loose 20 pounds while painting, but you will gain mental health, personal clarity, right brain function agility and strength as well as a beautiful work of art to be admire by others as well as yourself! So are you ready to paint? Paint … set … and go! Come and join us at our next painting Picnik event.