Did you know that there is an anxiety management resource out there that is:
Have you guessed what this miracle resource is? It's nature!
When it comes to managing physical and mental well-being, the benefits of nature are endless. It can relieve muscle tension, boosts your immunity, and improve concentration and creativity.
In terms of our mental health, nature reduces anxiety and stress levels, not only by reducing blood pressure and the production of stress hormone (ie. cortisol), but also by increasing the production of “happy hormones” (ie. dopamine and epinephrine). Nature has also been shown to reduce negative “side effects” associated with anxiety, such as irritability, tension headaches, insomnia, and more. 20-30 minutes a day, three times a week is all that Dr. Strauss (psychiatrist at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance) says is necessary to experience the effects. Plus, you don’t have to be doing something strenuous either!
Unfortunately, we currently live in a world where people (especially young people) are spending far too much time in front of their screens, and far too little time outside and being active. This is especially true with the current world pandemic, despite the fact that there are many ways to enjoy this resource in a way that is safe, and following the social distancing rules.
Live in the city?
Socially distanced walk
Visit a greenhouse or nursery
Set up lawn chairs in the yard, hang out with neighbors and family, socially distant
Walk the dog
Road trip/ drive
Live in the country?
Looking for way to kick-start a nature habit that will last all year round? Here are some of our favourite activities according to the season.
Whatever you decide, remember…
"Time spent amongst trees is never wasted" - Katrina Mayer