Studies show that a minimum of 2 hours a week spent in nature, either at one time or over several visits, is needed to significantly increase your health and well being. Two hours may sound like a lot when you’re balancing personal time and work – but your health is worth the investment! Benefits of spending time in nature- -Increased feelings of calmness -Increased endorphin levels and dopamine production (promotes happiness) -Restored capacity for concentration and attention -Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression -Reduced irritability -Lowered blood pressure and reduced cortisol (stress hormone) -Reduced feelings of isolation. To maximize the health benefits of being in nature, try your best to be present. Take deep breaths and pause to listen to the sounds around you.