By Health Correspondent, The Post
Study after study shows mental health issues on the rise, with people feeling more stressed and anxious than they were just a few years ago.
Modern living in towns and cities wires our brains for stress.
Yet the good news is that dozens of studies are showing that one of the best prescriptions for positive mental health is nature.
Spending time outdoors does wonders for the way we are feeling.
- It lowers stress levels, reducing levels of the stress hormone
- It can increase attention span and focus.
- Boosts your immune system. Yes, apparently: trees emit certain chemicals that have been shown to have a positive effect on immunity.
- It increases energy levels and reduces fatigue.
- One study found that people who exercise in the outdoors on a regular basis have higher tree levels of a hormone called serotonin, which reduces tiredness and helps keep us in a happier mood.
- It lowers disease risk. Data from over 290 million people across 20 countries found that spending time in nature, or living near to it, can help reduce type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, as well as improve sleep.
Maybe this week try or or more of these…
- Focus on nature. It’s a form of mindfulness. Study the trees, listen to birds, get near the sea or a lake – really be still and focus on nature.
- Do as much as can outside. Read a book in the garden or have that business meeting at the park.
- Take up gardening or get pot plants for the house.
- Walk outside 30 minutes a day.
- Stare at a bee, bird or flower for 5 minutes.
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