Nature Takes Away Stress
What you are experiencing through your senses at any given moment not only affects what you are thinking, but it also has an effect on your mood, endocrine system, immune system and your nervous system.
Just like a negative person gives off yucky energy, being in an unpleasant environment does as well; it is stressful. It will make your heart rate increase, blood pressure rise, fiddles with your immune system, and will cause all kinds of tension in nerves and muscles.
Just like being around positive people, a positive physical environment is just the opposite of a negative environment. In fact, it actually benefits the heart, blood pressure, lowers tension and improves immune function.
Nature not only provides us medicines and cures, but the mere being in and around nature is good for us. When in nature we cope better with pain, depression, and stress.
In a classic study of patients in a hospital who underwent gallbladder surgery; half had a view of trees and half had a view of a brick wall. According to the physician who conducted the study, Robert Ulrich, the patients with the view of trees tolerated pain better, appeared to nurses to have fewer negative effects, and spent less time in a hospital. More recent studies have shown similar results with scenes from nature and plants in hospital rooms.
Did you know that there is a bacterium in soil that allows our brain to release serotonin? It’s called Mycobacterium vaccae. Get your hands into the soil, plant something, move the dirt around, pick weeds in your garden. It will unburden you, by altering your brain to make you feel better.
Just sitting outside amongst nature, even if it’s a city park bench by a tree, will do wonders for your physical and mental health. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. It’s meditative.
Just looking a photo of a nature scene is beneficial, although you’ll receive slightly less benefit than actually going out into nature, a picture will still provide benefits.
Studies show that we make better decisions and we perform our tasks much easier when we are around nature or have just had a healthy dose of it. Our stress levels lower and we find ourselves less distracted and annoyed.
If you have an office job, put a potted plant or two on your desk! Make your screen saver a picture of a beautiful nature scene. Hang a nature scene on your wall. Buy a small zen garden box for your desk, one that has sand and a small rake.
Look, in terms of how long human life has been on earth, it’s really only recently that we’ve gone so urban. In our basic essence, we come from nature and we long to get back to nature. That’s why nature itself has such a positive and calming effect on our mind and body — because it’s like going home to our innate self.
Now get out there, take a walk, read a book in the park, ride your bike, buy some plants, do whatever it takes to de-stress yourself using nature!
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