Did you know that 62% of adults have found relief from the stress of COVID-19 by taking a walk? It’s incredible to think about how nature’s impact affects our well-being so completely. Let’s take a closer look and find out how it works…
Let’s face it: Humans find nature pleasing. In one study cited in the book Healing Gardens, researchers found that more than two-thirds of people choose a natural setting to retreat to when stressed.
Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may even reduce mortality, according to scientists and public health researchers.
Take a Walk
Research at Duke University found that a brisk 30-minute walk three times a week was more effective in reducing depression symptoms than
Zoloft and walkers were less likely to have a recurrence of depression. It’s amazing nature’s impact on health — especially during a pandemic.
Get a Dose of Nature
How long does it take to get a dose of nature high enough to make people say they feel healthy and have a strong sense of well-being? According to a study by the University of Exeter, it’s 120 minutes.
The study found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces — local parks or other natural environments, either all at once or spaced over several visits — were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t.
Nature Indoors is Beneficial
Surroundings even matter when it comes to a hospital room. In one study, researchers demonstrated that patients with a view of nature from their hospital bed instead of a blank wall typically experience hospital stays that are 8.5% shorter, meaning improved outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Even the Harvard School of Public Health found that stroke survivors in the greater Boston area had a 20% reduction in risk if they lived near a high concentration of green space compared to those in a low area of green space.
Did this post make you want to take a walk outdoors? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re looking for more ways to get out the door, check out 6 Ways to Stay Motivated to Walk Every Day.