It has been two years now since the outbreak and we have learned the importance of keeping our minds healthy at all costs. Studies about depression and mental health in connection with the covid and stress are booming, and we now have opened to the reality that this generation is frail against pandemic.
Even prior to COVID-19, research has revealed that our environment has a huge impact on our mental health as it reduces or increases stress hormones that in turn affect us physically. What you often see, hear, or experience changes not only your mood but also how your endocrine, nervous, and immune system are working to make you healthy and functional.
Regardless of culture, we are all prey to stress and according to research, most people resort to natural settings when anxious and stressed. Pinetop cabins, parks, and other spaces that provide natural settings have been slowly visited by people after lockdowns to ease their minds and to have a break. And you can do it too!
Nature Heals and Soothes
A lot of research has revealed how beneficial being exposed to nature is. Nature effectively reduces negative feelings such as stress, fear, anger, and anxiety and increases pleasant feelings. What is good news is it also has positive effects on our body as it reduces high blood pressure, muscle tension, heart rate, and stress hormones. It is therefore concluded by many that nature reduces the mortality rate.
It was also found out that humans are genetically programmed to find plants, trees, water, and other natural elements engrossing that we are distracted from feeling discomfort and pain. In fact, many offices, either in corporate or academic, display plants indoors as plants in a room are said to still have a significant impact on reducing stress and anxiety.
Nature Connects and Restores
Along with the studies that were mentioned, nature is also proven to have positive effects on human vitality and overall wellbeing, making them feel more meaningful in their existence. Many people who were diagnosed as depressed and anxious were able to feel calm and balanced after spending more time outside.
Additionally, spending time in nature increases humans’ ability to pay attention, hence increasing focus when doing tasks. Since it is in our nature to be drawn to nature, this can provide an effective respite for our minds, which gives us a refreshing view for doing tasks later on.
Furthermore, it is said that nature brings more people together. In a study conducted by Coley and Kuo, it was proven that nature makes people more sociable beings and that those whose neighborhood or housing had more green space reported to know more people and to have stronger feelings of unity with their neighbors. Moreover, residences that have more green spaces have lower crime and violence rates.
In contrast, nature deprivation and more screen time induce the opposite. Individuals who tend to spend more time on screen are said to feel more depressive emotions. More studies conducted have found out that more screen time is also associated with a lack of altruism and empathy.