Psychiatrists would always advise their stressed patients to plan a little vacation and relaxation somewhere, preferably to a greener place away from the city. Doctors would also suggest to jog or even walk every day to parks to reduce the feelings of stress and anxiety. It leads down to the question if nature alone, the jogging and sometimes costly travel expenses, can make our mental being any better.
“Depression can feel crippling, making you feel profoundly discouraged, helpless, and hopeless. Anxiety often coincides, adding stress, agitation, and sometimes physical symptoms.” – Tammy Hyland, LMFT
The Color Of The Surroundings Has A Psychological Impact To The Mental Aspect
Especially on sunny days, the lively blending of colors of green and yellow is said to invoke happy mood and cheerful vibes to the people. The shade of green generally signifies peace, quietness, and stability. This color of nature is known to attract harmonious feelings that get rid of anxiety and stress. Different shades of green are being used in the interior walls of a house as it is deemed the best stress-reducing color.
The Trees Give Off Only Fresh Scent And Oxygen
Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) and ARC Center of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) concluded that every person needs a minimum dose of nature every day. The benefits range from a reduction of risk of heart diseases and lesser chances of depression, anxiety, and severe instances of stress.
“There are many times when I suggest adult coloring books to patients, and they look at me like perhaps we should be switching seats. However, time and again, they come back to me and tell me how beneficial they find them to be.” – Dr. Nikki Martinez, PsyD, LCPC
If you will notice there is this particular scent of the parks, gardens, mountainous areas and other green fields that seem to unblock your noses and lungs full of the pollution from the cities. These green bushes and trees, from our basic biology and earth science classes, are good at giving off unpolluted, clean and fresh air for you to breathe in.
If you familiarize yourself with aromatherapy, then you will find yourself immersed in the different scents of nature. There is this scent of the sea, the woods, the mountains, and other natural smells to add to your home and enhance your mental well-being. Nature scents have been proven to align your thoughts and aid to a better stress reception.
“Clinical aromatherapy focuses on relieving symptoms that are typically addressed in psychotherapy, such as stress and anxiety. Holistic aromatherapy focuses on the whole person, aiming to improve overall well-being and quality of life. Aesthetic aromatherapy, also termed nonclinical aromatherapy, uses aromatic essences in various oils and creams that are traditionally used in skin care.” – Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD
The Scenery Itself Is Relaxing
Numerous studies have already concluded and reported that people living in a neighborhood of trees, bushes, and birds, are the least likely to develop anxiety and depression in the long run. Most of us, if not all, do not know the reason why our minds align and the intense emotions subside and become better just by looking at the ocean, the mountains, the birds on the trees, and the flowers blooming. Nature itself is already the reason.
The scenery and view of nature at its purest has this peaceful vibe to all its viewers. The city is a fast-pacing aspect. People come and go and sprint like every day is a deadline. Cars are honking like there’s no tomorrow. People usually shout wherever they go to be heard. Crimes happen anywhere before you even know it. The overcrowding of the city also adds to the stress brought about by the demands of business and the modern world itself.
Compared to a park and green surroundings, everything here is calm. Even the winds become gentle. The silent rustling of leaves will not add to the sound pollution. It also aids to your relaxation and increased skills of emotional resilience. The singing of birds is music to the ears. The unpolluted air and natural scent will make you feel truly at home.
Indeed, even walking or sitting in an urban park will give you this contented and relaxed feeling before going back to the realities of life. With the above research-backed-up studies and findings, it is safe to say that nature is your kind of ‘overnight’ cure for mild stress and passing anxiety.