Reconnect to nature to disconnect from everyday stress!
In today’s busy society, more people are regularly exposed to technology and less so to nature. As more people migrate to cities for work and use technology more frequently, it begs the question whether this change from the rural environments we evolved to live in, has influenced our mental health and wellbeing.
Our mental and physical health is of the upmost importance for us all. There are many things we can do to improve our health, including reconnecting with nature. Whether this be at your local park, in your own garden or even from your houseplants, we can reconnect with nature all around us to feel the benefit.
1. Seek out nature
Many scientists and academics believe that there is a correlation between the time we spend with nature and reduced stress and improved mental wellbeing.
This could be spending time in your local park, gardens, beach, woodland, or any natural spaces.
A study by Yamaguchi et al in 2006 demonstrates how a 15-minute walk in woodland environments causes positive changes in physiology, by reducing the stress hormone cortisol by 16% and decreasing blood pressure, when compared to a walk around city centres. It is suggested that these changes occur as a result of an innate increased relaxation in the natural environments we have evolved to live in.
Even if you live in a city centre and struggle to find a green space near you, you can bring nature to you by purchasing some house plants or growing flowers and plants. A study by Ulrich et al in 1992 suggests viewing nature and flowers in urban environments can increase psychological wellbeing, including stress reduction.
2. Relax in nature
Whilst in your natural surroundings take the time to relax and reflect on what’s around you. You can do this by taking the time to see how your feeling, keeping in mind what you smell, touch and see. Let your thoughts drift away and focus on the present moment.
3. Be at one with nature
By taking part in activities in nature, you can also improve your wellbeing. Studies have found that gardening and farming have correlations with improved mood and quality of life.
Not only this but by planting or farming your own food, you help to reduce your carbon footprint, having massive environmental benefits.