Daily Maintenance

Nature as Self Care

The Restorative Power of Nature as Self-Care:

A Perspective through Central Federal Socialist Theory

By: James Fitzgerald (with significant assistance of Chat GPT)

Greetings, Visitor,

In an ever-evolving world where technological advancement constantly intersects with our daily lives, nature remains an enduring beacon of solace and healing. The intrinsic value of nature, often overlooked amidst the rapid urbanization of our societies, offers us more than just aesthetic pleasures. It extends a profound opportunity for self-care, allowing us to nourish our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. This perspective, holds even more relevance as we explore the collective right of communities to experience and benefit from the healing embrace of nature.

1. Nature and the Individual

At the heart of self-care is the individual. Just as socialism emphasizes meeting individual needs through collective efforts, nature provides for individuals in a manner that supports the broader well-being of the community. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, a primary stress hormone [1]. Nature not only soothes our over-stimulated senses but also grounds us, reminding us of our inherent connection to the Earth.

Nature immersion, such as forest bathing (or ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ in Japanese culture), allows for introspection and relaxation. The simple act of walking amidst trees, feeling the texture of leaves, or listening to a babbling brook can act as a form of mindfulness meditation [2]. For someone who practices meditation and values mindfulness, nature provides a vast, open canvas for practice and growth.

2. Nature and the Community

Central to socialist theory is the concept of collective welfare, where individual benefit dovetails with community advantage. Public parks, green spaces, and nature reserves are crucial in this context. They act as collective assets, accessible and beneficial to all. In cities, these spaces are vital for communal gatherings, recreation, and, most importantly, for the mental well-being of its residents.

Furthermore, advocating for the preservation of these spaces is a form of activism, aligning with the broader goals of ensuring every individual’s right to a healthy environment. When we care for nature, we are not just caring for ourselves but ensuring that future generations have the same opportunities for restoration and reflection.

3. Nature and Socioeconomic Equality

A social perspective underscores the importance of equitable resource distribution. Sadly, nature, an essential resource, isn’t always equitably accessible. Urban neighborhoods, especially in low-income areas, often lack sufficient green spaces [3]. This lack exacerbates health disparities, as these communities miss out on the therapeutic benefits of nature.

Ensuring every individual’s right to access nature, irrespective of socioeconomic status, must be a priority. It is not just about creating parks but ensuring that they are maintained, safe, and easily accessible. This equity in access underscores the socialist ideal of shared resources and collective benefits.

4. Nature as a Reflection of Holistic Wellness

My passion for health, wellness, and coaching is a testament to the understanding that well-being is multifaceted. Nature enhances physical health through activities like hiking, swimming, or simply walking. It promotes mental health by offering a respite from the digital world and reducing anxiety and depression. Moreover, for many, it serves spiritual needs, providing a space for reflection, connection, and a deeper understanding of one’s place in the larger tapestry of life.


In conclusion, nature stands as one of the most profound yet accessible tools for self-care. Its restorative power, when viewed through the lens of biosocial theories, emphasizes the importance of collective well-being, where every individual, regardless of their background, has an equitable right to nature’s healing embrace.

It’s imperative, especially for me, to champion the preservation and accessibility of natural spaces. As we move forward, let us remember that our care for nature is not just an act of self-preservation but a commitment to the broader community, ensuring that everyone, now and in the future, can experience the profound healing that nature offers.


[1]: Kaplan, S. (1995). The restorative benefits of nature: Toward an integrative framework. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 15(3), 169-182.

[2]: Park, B. J., Tsunetsugu, Y., Kasetani, T., Kagawa, T., & Miyazaki, Y. (2010). The physiological effects of Shinrin-yoku (taking in the forest atmosphere or forest bathing): evidence from field experiments in 24 forests across Japan. Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 15(1), 18-26.

[3]: Wolch, J. R., Byrne, J., & Newell, J. P. (2014). Urban green space, public health, and environmental justice: The challenge of making cities ‘just green enough’. Landscape and Urban Planning, 125, 234-244.