Have you ever noticed how good you feel after wandering in nature? Taking a quiet walk in nature is a great way to clear your mind and recharge your battery. Did you know that over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas? It’s not surprising that researchers found an increase in anxiety and other mental health disorders (including depression), specifically in urban areas.
Stanford researchers observed the effect nature-walking had on the area of the brain associated with ruminating/brooding, a type of thinking associated with the onset of depression. Study participants were divided into two groups where one group went nature-walking and the other group walked in a busy urban area. Researchers then compared the brain’s activity levels taken pre-walk and post-walk for all participants. They noticed no change in the brain activity levels of those who walked in urban environments, yet they saw a decrease in brooding activity in participants who walked in nature.
At Acacia Creek, a Masterpiece Living Certified Center for Successful Aging, and retirement community, we believe that taking a break from your everyday environment is an important part of all wellness categories – intellectual, social, physical, and purposeful. In conclusion, the study suggests exposure to nature may provide a buffer against the onset of depression and anxiety disorders. No wonder we feel much happier and calmer after a peaceful walk in nature.
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