Your Brain in Nature

“Be with nature & feel the moment”

Did you know that different parts of our brain activate in nature? Our mind calms, which can lead to physical changes including a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate.

Research in ecotherapy (a growing scientific field) has shown a strong connection between time spent in nature,  stress reduction, irritation & anxiety.

The Stress Reduction Theory is one theory as to why nature is good for our brain. It is based on how humans evolved in nature. Scientists believe there may be an evolutionary reason as to why nature feels comfortable and familiar. It may be because humans have immersed themselves in nature including forests, fauna and flowers for most of our existence.

The panoramic views of nature can also promote a soothing effect. Having something pleasant to look at like trees, greenery, a running creek, flowers can make you feel better and distract your mind from negative thinking.

“Researchers compared the brain activity of healthy people after they walked for 30 minutes in nature. They found that those who took a walk in nature had lower activity in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that is active during rumination — defined as repetitive thoughts that focus on negative emotions.”

So next time you feel down, irritated or anxious take a walk in nature alone or with a friend and exercise your mind and body!