A MUST READ article for anyone who feels any stress at anytime: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/
Could a “Nature Experience” be the next trending prescription? Here are some golden nuggets from the article that you might consider:
“Scientists are proving that a 15-minute walk in the woods causes measurable changes in physiology”.
“The forest walkers hit a relaxation jackpot: Overall they showed a 16 percent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol, a 2 percent drop in blood pressure, and a 4 percent drop in heart rate. Miyazaki believes our bodies relax in pleasant, natural surroundings because they evolved there. Our senses are adapted to interpret in- formation about plants and streams, he says, not traffic and high-rises.”
…“People underestimate the happiness effect” of being outdoors, Nisbet says. “We don’t think of it as a way to increase happiness. We think other things will, like shopping or TV. We evolved in nature. It’s strange we’d be so disconnected.”
…“Imagine a therapy that had no known side effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost,”
I can personally attest to my own experiences in being in nature. I feel the relaxation benefits that scientists are now showing, and I also feel there is more space in my brain for new thoughts, new energy and an overall sense of positivity. I grew up in upstate New York, spending most of my childhood free-playing outdoors. However my own children did not have the same experience. I wonder if this is a contributing factor to the rise in anxiety and depression in young adults today?
The idea that humans can use nature to recharge is probably an innate feeling that has become repressed over time due to city living, media and life demands. Friends, its time to re-connect and go outside, and get the kids back outside!
Thank you Mother Nature!