Embracing Biophilia: The Benefits of an Outdoor Life

In a fast-paced world dominated by screens and urban living, it's easy to forget our deep-rooted connection to nature. Have you heard the term, biophilia?

bio·​phil·​ia ˌbī-ō-ˈfi-lē-ə-fēl-yə: hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature: a desire or tendency to commune with nature

The term coined by biologist Edward O. Wilson, refers to the inherent human inclination to seek connections with nature and other living things. It stems from our evolutionary history, where our survival depended on understanding and thriving within natural environments.

Cape Cove grew from biophilia.  The three incredible women behind the brand, had made the move from London to the coast. One day as they were huddled up on the beach, watching their kids surf, they had the idea of developing a line of clothing that allows you to maximise time outside. 

Instead of going for a dip and having to streak back to your car to get home, or to the nearest coffee shop to seek heat; what if you had clothes that would help you warm up and keep cosy, to enjoy that gorgeous post-dip bliss at the beach, maximising time in nature.   

Embracing an outdoor life means more than just occasional hikes or beach days. It’s a shift to incorporating nature into our daily routines, whether through spending time in green spaces, maybe sitting to read a book in your local park, gardening, or simply taking a moment to be mindful and appreciating the beauty of nature in our surrounding landscapes.

The positive impact of spending time outdoors on mental health . From reducing stress and anxiety to improving mood and cognitive function, nature has a profound effect on our psychological well-being. Even a short walk in the park can help alleviate feelings of depression and boost creativity.

An added bonus, of being outside is an increase in exposure to natural light, which helps regulate sleep patterns and boosts vitamin D levels.

Embracing an outdoor lifestyle often fosters a deeper appreciation and understanding of the environment. By connecting with nature, individuals are more likely to develop a sense of responsibility towards conservation and sustainable living practices. This heightened awareness can lead to positive changes in lifestyle choices and advocacy for environmental protection. 

One of Cape Coves core values is sustainability in their designs,  Using materials that are ethically sourced, with maximum natural, long-wearing materials in timeless styles, so that your wardrobe will last for years to come.

In a world where technology often distracts us from connecting with the natural world, embracing biophilia and prioritising an outdoor lifestyle can enhance our quality of life. From mental and physical health benefits to fostering environmental stewardship, reconnecting with nature has the power to enrich our lives in countless ways. So, next time you feel overwhelmed or uninspired, step outside, breathe in the fresh air. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it.
Written by the wonderful @thewanderingselkie