environment & nature

Fall In Love With Nature: 5 Surprising Benefits

BP World Research | Feb 09 2019
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Health, happiness and wellbeing have a deep sense of connection with nature. The age of high technology has led to a distraction with this eco friendly atmosphere. Changing lifestyle, diet and healing herbs have somehow managed to boost ourselves. Scientists believe that nature benefits our wellbeing. We live in a society where people spend more and more time indoors and online. Without losing a penny, we can make ourselves more satisfied and healthy.

Nature has an important role in making our lives special and so conserving them is our necessity. Here’s why:

  1. Reduce Stress and acts as an Energy Booster

We are aware that any physical activity can reduce our stress and anxiety. Nowadays working and studying is somewhat stressful that makes us completely back from the society.

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In a rsearch study conducted at Japan, 48 young men participated in a two-day field research to examine the cardiovascular responses to walking in forests and urban environments. The results showed that negative mood states and anxiety levels decreased significantly by forest walking compared with urban walking. This proves that forest environment promote cardiovascular relaxation and forest therapy can reduce negative psychological symptoms.

Similar study in Finland with 77 participants visited an urban nature environment that provided stress relief through nature exposure. There is a positive influence even in short-term visits to nature. Time spent in cities decreases positive influence for people. A decreased salivary cortisol is observed in all participants.

Researchers suggest that nature helps in improving both physical and mental energy. Human- environment relationships help in restorative experiences to the real life. Even imagining natural environment can please our mind. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and stroke.

   2. Enhances Creativity

Both indoor and outdoor walking in nature can help in enhancing creativity. Technology has led us to mental fatigue, overwhelming and burnout ‘attention restoration’ for getting back to a normal and healthy state. This difference can be due to difference in brain activation.

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One of the researchers, Strayer said that, “If you’ve been using your brain to multitask—as most of us do most of the day—and then you set that aside and go on a walk, without all of the gadgets, you’ve let the prefrontal cortex recover, and that’s when we see these bursts in creativity, problem-solving, and feelings of well-being.”

The beauty of nature can lower frustration, engagement, and arousal, and higher meditation levels while in the green area, and higher engagement levels when moving out of the green area. The beautiful nature scene makes one more creative and reduces fatigue. Hiking a trip is more likely to solve creative puzzles.

Mountain Climbing de-stress and heals our brain making us more concentrated throughout. It improves mental ability, self esteem and self awareness. These helps to escape from worries and creates a great sense of achievement.

   3. Maintains a Strong Immune System       

Immune system is referred as the ‘police’ of a body as it protects from stopping harmful substances by protesting against illness, disease, infection, low energy, inflammation, and even the growth of cancers.

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Research suggests that early exposure to a wide variety of bacteria from grass, dust and dirt could create a strong immune system. A moderate sun level can boost Vitamin D levels which is a major part of immune system. Studies found that several factors are related with this including clean air, proper exercise and calm atmosphere.

   4. Treats Depression

Losing touch with nature deteriorates both our mental and physical health. A healthier Vitamin D level helps us in making a happier mood and the ability to focus more.

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Eco-therapy is a broad term, which simply means spending time in nature to make yourself feel better. However, eco-therapeutic methods are also official methods of treatment used by licensed therapists, and include camping, wilderness programs, or simply being guided on a walk through nature.

The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduces stress hormone production, boost the immune system and improve overall feeling of wellbeing. The apparent healing potential of contact with nature raises the following question: in a world where pharmaceuticals are usually used to treat mental disorders and improve our moods.

   5. Makes us more Alive

Nature makes us feel more alive and vital. This gives us a better feeling, increases thinking capacity and to understand ourselves and our surroundings. There are no specific explanations for nature keeping us psychologically healthy.

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The study suggests that the “nature cure” might be just as potent for physical healing as it is for mental healing. Studies prove that patients who recently underwent surgery got healed faster and needed less pain medication with the help of nature viewing.