Jennifer Ulloa

What is nature positivity and why is it important for uni students?

Nature positivity has a load of different benefits to students than they may initially think! Read to learn more.
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In the hustle and bustle of university life, it's easy to become disconnected from the natural world. 

The endless stream of lectures, assignments, and exams can consume our attention, leaving little room to appreciate the beauty and benefits of nature. 

However, amidst the chaos of academic life, fostering a mindset of nature positivity can be profoundly beneficial for university students.

But what exactly is ‘nature positivity’?

Nature positivity is more than just thinking about nature positively! It's a mindset that embraces the interconnectedness between humans and the natural environment. 

In fact, according to the Nature Positive initiative, ‘nature positivity’ means the commitment and actions towards halting and reversing nature loss by 2030 on a 2020 baseline, and achieving full recovery by 2050.

The goal of nature positivity can be met through continual health, abundance, diversity, and resilience of species, populations, and ecosystems far and wide. 

How can students get involved? 

If you are reading this and want to get involved in ways to help the University of Edinburgh become more consciously nature positive… well then you have come to the right place!

Here are some quick ways you can do your bit: 

  1. Educate yourself: Watch this video about nature positive universities.
  1. Get involved as much as possible: Become a nature positive student ambassador.
  1. Volunteer to take part in conservation efforts: The University of Edinburgh is turning its playing fields at Peffermill into a wildlife haven! Check out how you can become a volunteer

How can being more mindful about my time in nature affect my mental health? 

For university students, cultivating a sense of nature positivity can have numerous benefits, both for mental and physical well-being. Here's why it's so important:

Reducing stress and improving cognitive ability: University life can be incredibly stressful, with the pressure of exams, deadlines, and academic performance weighing heavily on students' shoulders. 

Studies have shown that regular access to green spaces has been linked to lower depression and anxiety

A bonus perk of being outside more? You may experience better sleep. Daily exposure to sunlight helps regulate the body and circadian rhythm. 

Experience enhances creativity and focus: Nature has a unique ability to stimulate creativity and enhance cognitive function. 

Research suggests that spending time outdoors can improve concentration, problem-solving skills, and creative thinking

For university students grappling with complex academic concepts and demanding coursework, tapping into the creative potential of nature can provide a valuable cognitive boost.

A greater responsibility towards sustainability in general: In an era of increasing environmental awareness, fostering nature positivity can also cultivate a sense of responsibility towards the planet. 

As university students, you lot are the leaders of tomorrow! By instilling a love and respect for the natural world, you can become advocates for sustainability and not water down the message.

In fact, if you haven’t done so already, be sure to download the Pawprint app to make sure you make your actions count! 

Final Remarks

In conclusion, nature positivity is not just a whimsical notion but crucial for university students for a myriad of reasons. 

By embracing the beauty and benefits of the natural world, students can reduce stress, improve mental and physical health, enhance cognitive function, and cultivate a sense of environmental stewardship. 

So, the next time you're feeling overwhelmed by the demands of university life, take a moment to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and reconnect with the healing power of nature. 

Remember that your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it.

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