Time spent in nature has a positive effect on the brain and head
Recent research shows that time spent in nature has a positive effect on the brain and head. Volunteers walked in the park and next to the noisy highway. The mood was significantly better for people from the first group.
A walk in nature calms the mind and strengthens mental health
It has been observed that people who spend some time in a place with greenery or live near a park have lower levels of stress hormones compared to people who spent a large part of their time among concrete blocks (they are at a higher risk of anxiety, depression and other psychological problems than people who live outside urban areas). Back in 2015, scientists from the american Stanford University California studied the psychological effects of urban life and the theory that nature really changes something in the brain and in what ways visiting a park (or a place with greenery) improves mood. They published a compendium and wrote that people who walked for a short time in the lush part of the Stanford area (which is full of greenery) were more attentive and happier after the walk (compared to volunteers who walked for the same amount of time near heavy traffic).
This interesting study did not examine the neurological mechanisms underlying the physical effects that nature has on the human brain. The scientists then carefully studied the events in the frontal part of the brain before and after people visited the park. Thus, they could understand the ways in which nature changes people’s moods. The gathered 38 adult respondents (from an urban environment) first filled out a questionnaire for scientists to assess their level of intelligence and usual level of thinking. Among cognitive scientists, morbid thinking is known – a mental state of upset when a person thinks about the negative sides of life like a broken gramophone record (which can be a prelude to depression in urban dwellers).
The researchers examined brain activity in the subgenualis area of the frontal lobe on a scanner by monitoring blood flow (higher blood flow in certain areas of the brain usually indicates greater activity in those areas) of each of 38 adult subjects. They randomly assigned half of the subjects to walk for 90 minutes through a quiet part of the Stanford campus (which is similar to a green park). They sent the other half near a noisy multi-lane highway. The subjects were not allowed to bring company or to listen to music because they were only supposed to walk at the speed of their choice. The volunteers returned to the laboratory immediately after the walk. Then they went for a brain scan and filled out the questionnaire again. Walking beside the highway did not calm the human mind. Blood flow to their area of the aforementioned subgenualis frontal lobe was still high and their tendency to overthink unchanged. Volunteers with a noticeable improvement in mental health, however, did not dwell as much on the negative aspects of their lives before the walk.
The otherwise popular term “Wellness” means healthy eating, exercise, massage and relaxation (which includes wellness as a whole). Wellness is a holistic approach that means the general well-being of the organism in relation to mental, emotional, social, spiritual and physical health. And every stay in nature (walking, walking with the dog, bicycling, rollerblading, jogging) is a kind of wellness.
Every man subconsciously longs for relaxation and looks for means to get rid of the tension that holds him back
Both the house and the work space can be a more pleasant place to stay if there is an exercise room, a massage chair, an aquarium, a kind of mini-park, greenery, birds, wallpapers with relaxing landscapes and the like. People have always been aware of the need to be in some contact with nature and therefore often make their own green oases. Green oases should be arranged, but it is important to cultivate a culture of contact with nature from early childhood. Because a walk in nature depends only on a person’s will and gives an overall feeling of psychophysical well-being to each individual who is then also in balance with his own being.
Going to the gym is an additional source of stress for some people, because it is a planned obligation that requires meeting appointments, additional involvement in money, i.e. cash payments and the like.
Human contact with nature leads to relaxation, tranquility and peace
Each person should find his own ideal time of being in nature for mental health, and aspects of nature that have the most calming effect on him and find a reason to increase his good mood (greenery, flowers, trees, silence in the forest, smells of the land, sun).
Otherwise, the results of numerous researches emphasize that every trip of any person to nature is an easy and almost immediate way to improve mood