Research has shown that spending time in nature can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, and boost immunity. But why is that the case?
One reason is that being in nature can stimulate our senses in positive ways. The sound of flowing water, the rustling of leaves, and the sight of greenery can all have a calming effect on our nervous system. Even the simple act of feeling the sun on our skin can regulate our nervous system. Exposure to sunlight can increase the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and behavior.
Hearing birds sing can also regulate our nervous system. Hearing birds singing is a sign of safety and calmness to our bodies, as it indicates the absence of predators. Our nervous system is constantly scanning the environment for potential threats, and when we hear birds singing, our body responds by decreasing our stress response in our bodies leading to more of a parasympathetic state.
So, the next time you’re feeling stressed or anxious, take a few minutes to step outside and connect with nature. Close your eyes and listen to the birds singing, or take a deep breath and feel the sun on your skin. Let yourself be fully present in the moment and feel the calming effects of nature on your nervous system.
It may not change the stress that you are facing, but it will allow your body to reset itself so you are better prepared to face whatever your stressor is!
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