Reduces your stresses – Yoshifumi Miyazaki, a professor at Chiba University in Japan, has been researching the benefits of connecting with nature since 2004 and has found that leisurely forest walks yield a 12.4 per cent decrease in the stress hormone, cortisol, compared with urban walks. Participants in his studies have also anecdotally reported better moods and lower anxiety. Improves your mood – Academics at Derby University have conducted a meta study of existing research which concludes that connecting to nature can be linked to happiness and mental wellbeing. Spending time in nature releases hormones that relate to the pursuit of joy, connecting to calm and avoiding threats. Frees up your creativity –In one study by David Strayer, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, participants saw a 50% improvement in creative problem solving after three days immersed in nature with all access to modern technology removed.
Stand in a moment of silence for peace in Ukraine. Without being graphic or political, to help you understand that in some places of the world kids have to become refugees, or homeless, or hungry, or worry about bombs and war. ACTS OF GRATITUDE Who is a person you can think of? The person I […]
Make a goal to push yourself beyond your limit. If you can only do a few pushups, challenge yourself to do 30 by month’s end. Or 60 if you can already do 30. Or 100 if you can already do 50. Show up. Get down. Make it happen. Tag ema_coquitlam with a photo or video […]