Studies Show Reconnecting With Nature Can Boost Your Mental Health
With the pile of demanding tasks, appointments, and meetings we need to deal at work, there’s no doubt we’ve been exposed to unimaginable levels of work stress and pressure. Aside from that, we’re forced to digest millions of information every single day in order to increase our productivity in work or to pass the upcoming exam. We also need to grind ourselves and compete with other commuters to avoid the hassle of being stuck in traffic, in the busy bustling streets of urban cities. And before we know it, the day is over and we go to bed late and exhausted, trying to have some sleep and prepare for the next day.
Unfortunately, we often finish our day pretty late because of our hectic schedule, which leads us to not having enough sleep and rest to face another day. This type of hectic and unhealthy lifestyle puts a tamper not only on our body (eating unhealthy foods and not working out) but most of all, it affects our mental health too. Every single day, our mind is forced to work until exhaustion. How can we unwind from grinding our day-to-day life and refresh our mind and body? The solution to that may lie in your reconnection with nature.
Studies show that reconnecting with nature can help boost your mental health.
The University of Essex conducted a study about the volunteers working in Wildlife Trusts, in which 95% of their households are people having poor levels when it comes to their mental health. While some of them are also showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia. The program is schemed for the volunteers to stay for six weeks while cutting themselves off from the real and online world. They also exposed these 139 volunteers to various activities such as scrub clearance, tree planting, building bird tables, bug hotels, sowing seeds and growing food.
The Astounding Results of the Research Study
The research had also extended up to 12 weeks and the results show that about two-thirds of the participants (around 66%) have improved their behavior, health, and well-being in just a span of three months. The people had reported that nature gives them positive feelings and outlook in life, eliminating all the negativities they experienced while living in cityscapes. Their health had also improved as they weren’t exposed to many types of pollution and stress trigger factors. It also allowed them to live a healthy lifestyle since they have access to clean and green nature that enabled them to inhale fresh air. Aside from that, they’re also eating healthy foods straight from their grown gardens and organic animals. The different activities and modules they designed during the entire program also help their body to be more active.
Dominic Hudgins, which is the head of the Wildlife Trusts and also the head of the research conducted, said that the research shows how powerful can nature affect our mental health and well-being.
The evidence is loud and clear – volunteering in wild places while being supported by Wildlife Trust staff has a clear impact on people’s health; it makes people feel better, happier and more connected to other people.
“Participants also reported increases in their sense of connection to nature.” He further said.
This statement was seconded by Dr. Mike Rogerson, who was the head of the University of Essex. He said that the research was assessed using important health and well-being related measures.
“At a time when we are losing count of local and national-level health, wellbeing, loneliness, community, and NHS burden crises, engagement with the Wildlife Trusts’ volunteering activities can provide a much-needed antidote for individuals, local areas and the UK as a whole,” he said.
He also reinstated that the Department of Health should model a nature program to use as one of the alternative methods or solutions to help boost the mental health of their patients.
“At a time when we are losing count of local and national-level health, well-being, loneliness, community, and NHS burden crises, engagement with the Wildlife Trusts’ volunteering activities can provide a much-needed antidote for individuals, local areas and the UK as a whole,” he said.
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