Photo credits: Predrag Vučković

Although we are all aware of the enjoyment and satisfaction that spending time in nature brings to us, it might be good to elaborate a bit of the benefits it brings to our physical and mental health. Whether it is a walk in the city park, bike ride, kayak trip or just simply enjoying the sunlight in our backyard, it is very important to give ourselves a break from the hectic everyday life the 21st century brought to us. Therefore, take this chance to learn about some of the advantages it brings.

1. Promoting happiness – increases endorphin levels and dopamine production
2. Reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety and increasing feeling of calmness (reduces irritability)
3. Lowers blood pressure and reduces cortisol (stress hormone)
4. Boosts immunity
5. Improves short term memory
6. Improves sleep
7. Inspires creativity
8. Reduces inflammation

Let this be a motivation to all of us to go outside and connect with the natural world around us. After all, we are its inseparable part, yet we sometimes seem to forget how complex and tight our relationships with nature are, and how important it is for our wellbeing to care for this bond. Needless to say, it will also change our behavior towards the vulnerable systems of planet Earth and make us question our everyday needs and habits, leading us towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Montenegro is a country with a wide range of natural wonders, and standing high among them is our Lipa cave, a must visit attraction, offering you a different kind of experience. For more great things to visit in Montenegro check out our blog post: 20 best things to do and see in Montenegro.

Keep exploring and remember – time spent in nature is never wasted!