What if there was a natural, drug-free way to control anxiety, lift your mood, decrease stress, and reduce your blood pressure. Even better, what if that remedy didn’t cost a thing. Would you do it?
I think most people would, if they knew what it was. A tip: it’s not surfing social media, and it’s not on the news. It can’t be found in any television program, or by eating a particular kind of food. It’s even easier than that. All you have to do is spend time in nature.
Studies from Japan and from Stanford University show that taking a walk through a forest or park decreases worry, anxiety and depression, while lowering heart rate and decreasing blood pressure, compared with the same length of walk through an urban neighbourhood.
If you’re feeling tired and burned out by life, relief is just a step away. Take a walk in your local park. Drive to a conservation area and go for a hike, either alone, or with friends. You’ll find you’re not only more relaxed, but can also think more clearly because a brain that’s “chilled out”, rather than burned out, just works better.
Excerpt: “Nature lulls us with soft fascination, helping to rest our top-down, direct-attention faculties” — or the parts of our brain that are involved in effortful thinking, which are constantly triggered by the stimuli of urban environments. “With that restoration,” Williams writes, “we become more relaxed and can perform thinking tasks better.”