The Healing Power of Nature
Are you feeling tired and stressed by the pressures of your life? Consumer Reports says that an easy and free way to feel better is to simply open your door and step out into nature. A wealth of scientific evidence has found that stress hormones drop and health benefits rise after even small doses in green spaces.
Consumer Reports says you don’t need a guide or have to spend hours in the wilderness to benefit. A study shows that as little as 20 minutes in or near green spaces may help lower stress hormones. Even something as simple as taking care of your potted plants could help reduce stress.
Maybe you’re wondering how spending time outside can reap such big benefits. Scientists say that being in nature helps reduce your exposure to air pollution, noise pollution, and heat, all of which are linked to chronic disease.
To get the most out of your time outside, Consumer Reports says leave the electronics behind and simply enjoy all that nature has to offer.
Consumer Reports says that even if you’re stuck in an office all day, there’s evidence that just looking out a window or viewing scenes of woods and meadows on your computer could be beneficial. And don’t worry if 20 minutes a day isn’t possible. Committing to just 5 minutes is a good start!