In today’s bustling world, finding moments of peace and tranquility can seem like a luxury. Our long winters in South Dakota certainly don’t help, so we must take advantage of the nice weather whenever possible!! This past month, dozens of employees rolled up their sleeves to help beautify campus; now it’s up to you to enjoy it. Using our outdoor spaces at Dow Rummel Village can significantly enhance our mental well-being. Here are a couple of great reasons to enjoy nature.  

Escape from Stress: Nature has a remarkable ability to calm the mind and soothe the soul. Research has shown that spending time in natural environments can lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, leading to a reduction in overall stress levels. Today’s society is plagued by screen time and starving for a connection with nature. Put down the phone and remote, take a leisurely stroll through one of our courtyards, then note tension easing with each breath of fresh air.  

Improved Mood: Have you ever noticed how a walk outside can lift your spirits? Nature profoundly affects our mood, promoting feelings of happiness and contentment. Studies have found that exposure to green spaces can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, leaving us feeling more relaxed and optimistic. Whether it’s the sight of blooming flowers or the sound of birdsong, nature has a way of brightening even the darkest days. 

Increased Creativity: Nature can stimulate our senses and ignite our imagination, fostering creativity and innovation. When we immerse ourselves in natural surroundings, our minds are free to wander and explore new ideas. At Dow Rummel Village, residents have this experience within a couple-minute walk from home.   

As we navigate the complexities of active aging, let us remember the simple yet profound joy of connecting with nature. By embracing the surroundings at Dow Rummel Village, we can nurture our mental well-being and cultivate a more profound sense of harmony with the world around us. So, please take a moment to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and let nature work its magic on your mind and soul. 

Stay Strong,  

Jona Leo 

Director of Wellness