Stress recovery during exposure to natural and urban environments
Updated: Feb 12
Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology
Here is an except from a science journal I read going further into Nature As Therapy
"Ulmsted (1865) was particularly sensitive to the role of 'natural scenery' in restoration: it 'employs the mind without fatigue and yet exercises it; tranquilizes it and yet enlivens it; and thus, through the influence of the mind over the body, gives the effect of refreshing rest and reinvigoration to the whole land."
As of late, I have been getting particularly interested in the science and research behind the healing affect nature has on us. I realize I may be biased because I am out and in nature all the time, but the reason why I enjoy being outside is related to the reason anyone should go outside. Nature, or as I see it Mother Nature, is instantly and inherently healing. Even on the coldest days, the sharp whip from a strong cold gust does just the trick to wake us from our warm slumber. She speaks to us, gently and with a stern grace. Constant. There when we see it or not. And when we want to feel real again, connected, we seek nature and find it easily. And just as easily, we are transformed. A little less distracted a little more curious about the now. It is a gift, the present.