How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?
One of the very interesting areas of current research is the impact of nature on general wellbeing or the positive effects of nature on Well Being. What you are viewing, hearing, experiencing at any time is changing not only your attitude but how your nervous, endocrine and immune methods are working. The stress of an unpleasant environment can cause you to feel anxious, sad, or unfit. This, in turn, raises our blood pressure, heart rate, increase muscle tension and suppresses your immune system. A beneficial environment can reverse that. Kaplan has spent over twenty years looking at the therapeutic effects of nature.
They found that there are four reasons why strength is likely to aid human functioning: In the natural world, we have a judgment of being away from the day to day stretches and stresses of life. Being in nature helps us to put things in perspective. The natural world animates and pleases our senses. Being in nature, usually gives people a feeling that they are in a supportive and harmonic condition. Other examples of studies that show how all of this helps to sustain optimal human functioning and restoration are: A 2007 research project carried out by the University of Essex explained that a walk in the country could prevent depression. In one study in Mind, 95% of those interviewed said their mood developed after spending time outside, changing from pessimistic, stressed and anxious to more calm and steady. Studies by Ulrich, Kim, and Cervinka show that time in nature or scenes of nature associated with a positive attitude and psychical well-being, meaningfulness, and vitality. It tune in to what you need. Use your vision and dare to be adventuresome. Go for a walk, take a swim in a lake or go camping in a beautiful area. It might just be that you need to find a spot to meditate or just sit to take the surrounding nature in.