“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
– Emily Bronte.
Autumn is such an exquisite time of year, with its rich colours, pumpkin spice aromas and new beginnings! How easy it can be to get swept up in our to-do list and forget that taking a walk in nature can tremendously help our ability to complete that list in a more focused and relaxed state. Fortunately, autumn’s mosaic makes it pretty hard to resist going for a walk to fully appreciate it all. Here are some studies to encourage prioritizing nature time not only for your emotional and physical health, but for your brain health as well.
- Time in nature has long-lasting benefits for your mental health
A three year study from University of Exeter Medical School in England discovered that people who spend time in green spaces experienced an immediate improvement in their mental health and a diminished state of mental distress. The mental health benefits were also reported up to three years post-move. This gives us all the more reason to spend our lunch hour at the nearest park!
- Nature immersion decreases depression
A study from Stanford University proved that those who enjoyed a 90 minute walk through a green park versus strolling next to a loud road had “quieter” brains and focused less on the negative aspects of their lives. They also experienced decreased activity in the area of the brain associated with depression. Know that even ten to twenty minutes of mindful awareness in nature can be just as effective as a 90 minute stroll for some.
- It may help improve short-term attention functioning
A recent study found that both older and younger adult participants experienced their attention and memory visibly improve after they viewed photos of nature. Why not decorate your home and office space with beautiful photographs of nature? Or better yet, fill your cup with some spicy chai and head to the woods to take in nature’s beauty with all your senses.
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