Have you ever thought about why there are so many nature lovers? Or maybe you go on holiday, camping or bush trekking, and suddenly you notice feeling more relaxed and calm.
Intuitively many of us know this. But is this just the effect of breaking the work stress pattern … or is it more? And how can we maximise the benefits?
Now science have an answer. It IS more! A research paper published in Nature shows that spending time in a natural environment have tremendous health benefits (see Nature’s research paper “Neighbourhood green space and health in a large urban centre”).
But it’s not just spending some time. It is very important how you do it. The quality of attention matters. So does the frequency of experience.
So, next time you find yourself in a garden, give it your undivided attention. Just BE with it for a moment. Just enjoy the present and the beauty of that garden. You will become a healthier, more relaxed person.
There are multiple significant health benefits:
- Increase in how healthy you feel overall (this is a strong predictor of your actual health)
- Improvements in cardio-metabolic conditions: hypertension, high blood glucose, overweight and obesity
- Significant reduction in mental health problems: stress, anxiety, clinical depression
We live a busy and stressful life and if you don’t have the time to go out there, at least you can imagine. Imagination is a very powerful part of our mind and if you really focus your attention it is as good as the real thing. You may use my Tranquillity stress release audio track (completely FREE, no string attached) to help you focus your undivided attention on a pleasantly relaxed, nature filled, daydream. And it is just 10 minutes long. The length of 4 red traffic lights. The time it takes to drink a coffee. Give it a try now.