We live with it every day. It can stem from health, family, financial, and work issues. Believe it or not, it can even manifest from a contentious political culture. Whatever the reason, stress is a fact of life no how much we try to alleviate it.
Enter the humble flower – Mother Nature’s tonic for anxiety and depression. Studies have shown people who work indoors and live in an urban setting may suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder. Studies also suggest combining nature and activity could produce life changing stress reduction.
If you struggle with any of the myriad of stress effects such as poor sleep, racing thoughts, feeling overwhelmed, or frequent headaches, consider getting a big dose of outside therapy. Here are a few ideas:
Go for a Walk
Produce those mood enhancing endorphins by getting outside for a local hike to soak up vitamin D and fill your lungs with fresh air. Bare feet in wet sand is an excellent way to de-stress and reconnect with nature. And don’t forget about the flowers. With such excessive rains this season, the wild-growing flowers are especially amazing.
Start your own Wildflower Garden
A bare patch of soil in your own garden plus a handful of seeds from your local nursery and regular water will produce your own lush corner of heaven. This is the lowest maintenance form of gardening you can do. Just make sure you leave your cell phone inside while you plant your garden and really enjoy the great outdoors.
Yep, this is a real thing. Different from a walk, this Japanese practice called Shinrin-yoku aims to lower stress by slowing participants down so they can be wholly present in nature. A 2010 study found that subjects who participated in Shinrin-yoku had lower blood pressure, heart rate, and concentrations of salivary cortisol – a stress hormone – when compared with those who walked through an urban environment. Forest Bathing is the ultimate way to slow down and quite literally smell the roses.
Connect with Your Community Outside
While it’s true that Americans spend 87 percent of their time indoors and 6 percent in a vehicle, weekend events provide a perfect opportunity to get outside with friends and connect to your community.
Eros Beauty and Wellness is happy to be a sponsor of the Mission Hills Garden Walk, Saturday May 13, 2017. This event enables participants to enjoy a leisurely walk through gorgeous Mission Hills to take in the spectacular gardens and historical homes.
Science continues to prove the tremendous health benefit of nature. Whether it’s a walk on the beach, gardening, or a community event, connecting with nature can reduce stress and enhance the quality of your life. Give it a try. You have everything to gain!
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