The Healing Power of Sunrises and Sunsets

Embracing nature’s beauty for a calmer mind and happier soul.

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Have you ever been so busy and had so much to do that you’ve missed out on seeing the beauty around you? Like blooming flowers, a clear sky, chirping birds and fresh air. These things can be right in front of you, but not noticing them is actually a pretty common phenomenon. 

Sometimes it can be difficult to notice your surroundings, as beautiful as they may be. One of the most beautiful daily occurrences to witness are sunrises and sunsets, yet how many people stop their day to notice them? Fortunately, this can change! If you’d like to take a short break from your fast-paced life to look at the natural beauty of a sunset, go for it! Your wellbeing will thank you for it.

The calming effect of sunrises and sunsets
Did you know that the vibrant colors of the changing sky during sunrises and sunsets and the serene ambiance during these times can evoke a deep sense of calmness within you? According to a news release from the University of Exeter, a study  found that watching sunsets in the evenings and sunrises in the morning can improve your feelings of “awe” about the universe, which can then lead to an improvement in your health and wellbeing. 

According to Psych Central, people spend more time indoors today than they did in the past. You should be spending more time engaging in nature and outdoors, which can help improve your mood. This is especially true of watching a sunrise or sunset. These natural scenes can help reduce feelings of stress and have beneficial effects on the mind, including enhancing a person’s overall wellbeing. 

Cultivating mindfulness and gratitude
Watching a sunrise might not be possible if you aren't an early riser. But catching a sunset can be an easily attainable goal. The Integrative Strength and Movement blog suggests that when you step outside, take a deep breath and watch the sunset, it may be able to help your nervous system relax and allow you to process your day. This is what the practice of meditation is about, and it allows for reflection and being present. This can then help you appreciate the present moment and tap into a sense of gratitude for the simple pleasures that life has to offer.

Watching sunrises and sunsets can be therapeutic, and by immersing yourself in the beauty of nature, you can experience a sense of calm, cultivate mindfulness and foster gratitude. In a world that can sometimes be hectic and overwhelming, who doesn't need some moments of relaxation and peacefulness? Taking the time to witness the transition between day and night can serve as a powerful and beautiful tool for improving your mental health and emotional wellbeing. 

So, the next time you have the opportunity, get outdoors and watch the magic of the sunrise or sunset and allow yourself to be captivated by the vibrant colors that paint the sky. Embrace the beauty and let the natural serenity enhance your day.

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