Camp and Retreat E-News: Feeling Stressed? Here’s How Spending Time in Nature Can Help

April 24, 2019

 

Feeling Stressed? Here’s How Spending Time in Nature Can Help

Speaking of joy, one of the many ways we experience such profound happiness at camp, is through the beauty of nature and the time we are blessed to spend enjoying it. Here is an article published on April 10th, speaking of the benefits in spending time outdoors.

"Taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. That’s the finding of a study that has established for the first time the most effective dose of an urban nature experience. Healthcare practitioners can use this discovery, published in Frontiers in Psychology, to prescribe “nature pills” in the knowledge that they have a real measurable effect.

“We know that spending time in nature reduces stress, but until now it was unclear how much is enough, how often to do it, or even what kind of nature experience will benefit us,” says Mary Carol Hunter, an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and lead author of this research. “Our study shows that for the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature.”

Read the full article Here.

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