According to research, our surroundings can increase or decrease our stress levels, which has an effect on our bodies. What you see, hear, and experience at any given time affects not only your mood, but also the functioning of your neurological, endocrine, and immune systems.
You may feel nervous, unhappy, or helpless as a result of the stress of an undesirable environment. As a result, your blood pressure, heart rate, and muscular tension rise, while your immune system is suppressed. This is reversed in a pleasant atmosphere.
Nature is appealing to humans of all ages and cultures. Researchers found that more than two-thirds of people select a natural setting to flee to when they are anxious, according to a study mentioned in the book Healing Gardens.
Nature is a healer.
Being in nature, or even watching nature videos, decreases anger, fear, and tension while increasing pleasant feelings. Nature not only improves your emotional well-being, but it also improves your physical well-being by lowering blood pressure, heart rate, muscular tension, and the generation of stress chemicals. According to specialists like public health researchers Stamatakis and Mitchell, it may even lower mortality.
Even a basic plant in a room can have a substantial impact on tension and anxiety, according to research conducted in hospitals, companies, and schools.
Nature is calming.
In the meadow, there is a lovely tree.
Furthermore, nature assists us in coping with discomfort. We are engaged by nature scenes and distracted from our pain and anguish because we are genetically designed to find trees, plants, water, and other natural elements intriguing.
This is clearly established in a now-classic study of gallbladder surgery patients, in which half had a view of trees and the other half had a view of a wall. According to Robert Ulrich, the study’s lead author, patients with a view of trees managed pain better, appeared to have fewer negative impacts to nurses, and spent less time in the hospital. Similar results have been shown in more recent research using nature settings and plants in hospital rooms.
The impact of nature on overall well-being is one of the most fascinating topics of current research. In one study published in Mind, 95% of those polled stated that spending time outside improved their mood, going from melancholy, agitated, and nervous to peaceful and balanced. Ulrich, Kim, and Cervinka found that spending time in nature or seeing nature sights is linked to a positive mood, psychological well-being, meaningfulness, and vitality.
Furthermore, spending time in nature or seeing nature scenes improves our ability to focus. We may readily focus on what we are experiencing out in nature since humans find nature fundamentally engaging. This also gives our busy minds a break, allowing us to focus on new duties.
Andrea Taylor’s research on children with ADHD demonstrates that spending time in outdoors boosts their attention span later in life.
hiking with a female
People who have been aided by nature in real life
Cheryl, Terry, and James were assisted by nature to heal from sadness and stress and get a new perspective on their life.
Read their biographies.
Nature brings people together.
Time spent in nature, according to Kuo and Coley’s field investigations at the Human-Environment Research Lab, ties us to each other and the greater world. Residents in Chicago public housing with trees and green space around their building reported knowing more people, having stronger feelings of unity with neighbours, being more concerned with helping and supporting one another, and having stronger feelings of belonging than tenants in buildings without trees, according to a study conducted by the University of Illinois. They had a decreased risk of street crime, fewer levels of violence and aggressiveness between domestic partners, and a better capacity to cope with life’s responsibilities, particularly the strains of living in poverty, in addition to a stronger feeling of community.
Studies that employed fMRI to examine brain activity may explain this sense of connection. The areas of the brain connected with empathy and love lit up when participants saw natural scenes, but the parts associated with fear and anxiety lit up when they saw urban landscapes. Nature appears to elicit emotions that bind us to one another and our surroundings.