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.
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. Meaning, nowhere near enough of us are taking advantage of this incredible resource, despite its accessibility and powerful benefits.
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!
Let’s kick-start a nature habit that will last all year round!
Whatever you decide, remember…
"Time spent amongst trees is never wasted" - Katrina Mayer