“Nature deficit disorder” is a phrase coined by author Richarad Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods. Louv was the first to formally recognize a growing problem in our increasingly-technological world – people, especially children, are spending less and less time outdoors.
Louv argued that nature deficit disorder can be partly responsible for reduced use of the senses, difficulty concentrating or focusing, excess weight, and a higher rate of physical and emotional illnesses. Louv believes that regularly exposing ourselves to nature, no matter how old we are, can have many benefits. He goes on to say that the most important and effective way to put a stop to NDD is to instill a love of nature in our children.
As schools (that are actively meeting) are preparing for winter break, and as more children are attending school virtually, it is especially important to reduce screen time for them. Spend time outdoors with your children. Go on a hike, take a bike ride, create a nature scavenger hunt. Take a child hunting or fishing. We’ve had some beautiful fall days lately, and its a perfect time to take advantage of them-outdoors in Mississippi’s south Delta.
Experience the wonder of nature and its many benefits during this and every season!
Sources cited – Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv; www.stopndd.org