We may sound like hippies, but we’re actually backed by science and research. Being outside in nature can bring a multitude of benefits. This can range from physical health to creativity. The world around us is beautiful and we need to start taking advantage of it!
Considering all of the blogs we have given you previously, some of the biggest topics are those such as:
- Dealing with stress
- Improving sleep
- Improving focus
- Improving overall health
- Improving mood
- Improving immunity
All these and more are topics we consistently harp over because they are truly so important. A physical body in its best shape doesn’t do much if the mental side of things is down. The same can be said for a lack of physical health. Regardless, balance is important.
Natures link to lower stress
Think about the ideal picture-perfect vacation most all of us have. Typically it involves things like beaches, mountains, and maybe even snow.
For whatever it is that you desire, one thing remains, and that is the presence of nature. Why do you think vacation is so sought after? It allows time for relaxation. What better way to relax than be in the ocean or sunbathe in the sun, climb a mountain with beautiful views, or maybe snowboard on snow in some brisk cold weather?
No matter what you prefer, one thing remains; nature truly has the power to heal. When it comes to stress, nature can help to reduce feelings of anxiousness, anger, and even fear.
Cornell college of veterinary medicine conjured a study to see the impact nature has on college students. Considering the many exams and life changes that occur during college, this was an excellent group of people to examine.
College students from ages 15-30 were examined to gauge what amount of time was beneficial to spend outside. The results showed that spending 10 to 15 minutes in nature was the “most effective way to improve mood, focus and physiological markers like blood pressure and heart rate.”
The activities done in this time frame were as simple as sitting in nature or walking around. Natural things we can all do to soak in the best parts of the world around us.
If you are starting to feel overwhelmed, consider taking a short trip to your nearest hiking trail. Maybe even a lake, really anything around you will do. Breathe in the air around you and admire the true beauty of nature. After 15 to 20 minutes, examine yourself and see if you feel any sort of change.
Natures link to lower blood pressure
When stress is lowered, naturally blood pressure will follow. When spending time around nature, do not be surprised when your body starts to naturally feel calmer and at ease.
Studies have actually been performed that support the idea that being in a forest and examining trees and nature has a correlation to lower blood pressure and the presence of stress-related hormones.
The National Institute of Health published a study that focused on the effect that nature has on people that live in cities. Being that you can’t get much real nature in a city, the amount of exposure to nature was measured.
Those who took the time to take a decently long visit to “green spaces” showed “lower rates of depression and high blood pressure, and those who visited more frequently had greater social cohesion.” Not to mention the additional influx of numbers of people who chose to participate in more physical activity when visiting the green spaces.
Analysis following the study suggested that being around “green spaces” for around 30 minutes or more could reduce “the population prevalence of these illnesses by up to 7% and 9% respectively.” The “illnesses” described are depression and high blood pressure.
Nature’s link to better focus
Would you prefer working in an environment surrounded by blank walls and lamps? Or would you rather work in an environment with open windows with natural light?
Research actually shows that working with windows that offer natural light helps to decrease levels of eyestrain, headaches, and blurred vision. Especially for those who frequently work with a computer, there is such a thing as “computer vision syndrome” that can occur from staring at a laptop for too long.
Theories have even been constructed to support the idea of nature’s effects on concentration and focus. The Attention Restoration Theory suggests that those who assert themselves in nature find they have an easier time concentrating. Developed by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, the attention restoration theory leads to an increase in cognitive functions where concentration and focus are involved.
Of course, if you ever need extra support for focus, consider trying out Relaxiums “Relaxium Focus Max.” A supplement with natural ingredients designed to promote sharper focus, boost brain performance, and supply vital nutrients to the body.
Natures link to immunity
Exposing oneself to nature also means exposing oneself to phytoncides. Phytoncides are organic compounds that come from plants. This kind of organic compound has the capability to help aid plants from diseases. When for example, a person breathes in a chemical such as this, the body reacts by increasing the number of white blood cells which are responsible for killing off diseases and viruses.
A study discussed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation backed up this research by citing an increase in NK activity (white blood cells) where an activity that took place for 30 days. There was an increase of 3 during the day and 2 during the night.
Take a step outside to try it out!
Everyone needs a breather from time to time. It makes sense that being out in the natural world provides much more of a benefit than we may realize. We at Relaxium prioritize sleep, relaxation, focus, and immunity. Being outside in nature can truly help all of these which is why we wanted to inform you of this. The next time you are outside, consider how wonderful the world really is.
To restful and healthy days ahead.
The Relaxium Team
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.