Trees, a beautiful way to reset your stress button!
Physical activity in the form of a 40 minute walk in the forest was associated with improved mood and feelings of health and robustness. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreased in test subjects after a walk in the forest, when compared with a control group of subjects who engaged in walks within a laboratory setting.
Trees are a living and breathing energy, helping to keep our air clean, give us shade whenever it is needed and to supply us with fruit to eat and wood to warm.
This vibrational idea is backed up by scientific studies to provide proof that tree hugging has amazing benefits to all of us and it is free! A walk in the park may have psychological benefits for people suffering from depression.
A part in the book "Blinded By Science" author Matthew Silverstone has evidence confirming the healthful benefits of trees includes the effects they have on various issues like depression, concentration levels and even the ability to alleviate headaches. This practice has been going on since ancients times so it's not just a new discovery. You can read more about that here
In this latest study, Dr Berman and his research team explored whether a nature walk would provide similar cognitive benefits, and also improve mood for people with clinical depression. Given that individual with depression are characterized by high levels of rumination and negative thinking, the researchers were skeptical at the outset of the study that solitary walk in the park would provide any benefit at all and may end up worsening memory and exacerbating depressed mood. "Our study showed that participants with clinical depression demonstrated improved memory performance after a walk in nature, compared to a walk in a busy urban environment," said Dr. Berman.
Forest bathing seems to significantly mitigate the root cause of a multitude of ailments. Excess stress can play a role in headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, and arthritis, among many other ailments. Forest bathing catalyzes increased parasympathetic nervous system activity which prompts rest, conserves energy, and slows down the heart rate while increasing intestinal and gland activity.
"In Japan, people practise "forest bathing" where they spend quiet time absorbing the wisdom of ancient forests, taking long walks among the trees to stimulate their immune system. In Taoism, students are encouraged to meditate among trees, and it is believed that the trees will absorb negative energies, replacing them with healthy ones. Trees are seen as a source of emotional and physical healing, and themselves as meditators, absorbing universal energies."
Trees like all living things have an energy frequency or vibration and an aura. With roots reaching deep into the earth, the have excellent grounding energy. Their vibrations are slower, deeper and more concentrated compared to some other living things. Essentially they give out the energy vibe of safety, security, and stability.
By coming into contact with a tree you will pick up these vibrations whether you are consciously aware of it or not. You begin to resonate with the tree's energy and you become more centered and grounded. This can help explain the comfort many people feel when next to a tree or remember as a children and what fun it was to climb a tree! So go and hug a tree!
A team of researchers with the U.S. Forest Service Looked at data from 1,296 counties, accounted for the influence of other variables - things like income, race, and education - and came to a simple conclusion: Having fewer trees around may be bad for your health. Their findings, published in 2013 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, suggest an associative rather than a direct, causal link between the death of trees and the death of humans.
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