A growing body of research has affirmed nature’s potential stress-relieving benefits, including a new study on city dwellers. That’s right, while deep wilderness and untouched beaches are teeming with good vibes, city gardens, urban parks, and even tree-lined streets have them, too. In the study, city dwellers who spent 20 to 30 minutes in a place that made them feel close to nature at least three times a week had significant drops in levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Along with practices like yoga and meditation, regular doses of nature may help to counteract the harmful effects of stress. Put this research into practice by finding the natural areas near you. And then add a “nature pill” to your routine—perhaps the least bitter pill of all!
Source: Urban Nature Experiences Reduce Stress in the Context of Daily Life Based on Salivary Biomarkers
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