Many of us today experience anxiety, stress and depression. Living in busy cities, towns and suburbia, peoples lives are so busy with work, family and commitments that it is hard to make the time to get out in nature. Making time to get out in nature could make all the difference to our stressful lives. Here are some suggestions to why!
Researchers are now seeing that there is a link with the environment in which we live in. Positive or negative surroundings around us can potentially effect our mental health and wellbeing….. Who knew right?!
The stress and daily pressure of living in a unpleasant environment with noise, fast pace, pollution and stress can effect our blood pressure, tension, anxiety which can raise our stress levels, blood pressure and cortisol levels. This eventually compromises our immune system and can make us feel sad!
The opposite to this would be to live in a pleasant environment that is calming to our mind, body and soul. An environment where we could relieve or lower our stress, move our body and have nature around us to lower stress, anxiety and blood pressure, thus making us feel happier!
Researchers found that more than two-thirds of people choose a natural setting to retreat to when stressed!
Of course not everyone can rush out to live in the country and be in nature. Getting outside daily to walk around in nature is a good enough way to help reduce anger, frustration, anxiety and stress which will benefit the mind, body and soul.
We are genetically programmed to seek out out nature and the elements to soothe our nervous system. In todays living our nervous system can get over loaded by many external factors.
Researchers found that 95% of people said their mood improved after spending time outside in nature.
Suggestions for being outside to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
1). Walking in parks.
2). Walking in the forest.
3). Being in or around trees.
4). Being close to lakes or ponds.
5). Ocean walks.
6). Being in or on the water.
7). Tree bathing.
When out in nature, viewing the nature around us, we tend to concentrate only on what is all around us bringing us calm to our busy minds, giving us that temporary break that we so need to calm the chatter in our brains.
Try fitting a daily regime into your schedule to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression or book a walk and talk.