Spending more time in nature can improves your health and boost your mood, according to a grow body of scientific research.
There has been an enormous body of scientific evidence piling up for the last 30 years about how nature is often the best therapy for both physical and mental health problems.
It is our hope that more doctors will start prescribing weekly forest hike or time spent unplugged in nature a few times a week instead of pharmaceutical pills that often come with unpleasant side effects.
Here is the scientific research for the next big revolutionary advance in medicine: nature therapy.
There is a strong connection between time spent in nature and reduced negative emotions such as anxiety, depression and irritability.
Feeling stressed? Research shows a link between exposure to nature and stress reduction. Time in green spaces significantly reduces cortisol.
Nature also boosts endorphin levels and dopamine production, which promotes happiness.
Positive effects of green exercise on physical and psychological wellbeing have been found, yet little is known about the underlying cognitive mechanisms responsible for such effects.
Green exercise is activity in the presence of nature. Evidence shows it leads to positive short and long-term health outcomes.
Contact with nature has restorative properties, which include increasing attentiveness, improving energy and increased feelings of vitality.
Green outdoor settings appear to reduce ADHD symptoms in children across a wide range of individual, residential, and case characteristics.
The Japanese have done 40 years of research into the health benefits of what they call Shinrin-Yoku or bathing in the atmosphere of the forest.
Heart rate variability analysis indicated that the forest environment significantly increased parasympathetic nervous activity and significantly suppressed sympathetic activity of participants compared with the urban environment.
Nature's goods and services are the ultimate foundations of life and health, even though in modern societies this fundamental dependency may be indirect, displaced in space and time, and therefore poorly recognized.
― D.H. Lawrence
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