How is your life? Busy, stressful, running from one thing to the next? A new study says slowing down a little and enjoying one of the hikes on HikeTriCities.com can help relieve stress.
The study, published in the journal, Frontiers of Psychology shows that 20 minutes of exposure to nature can decrease the levels of cortisol in the body which is a stress hormone. In the study, 36 urban dwellers were evaluated after they had a “Nature Experience” (NE) at least 3 times a weeek. The duration of the optimal response and benefit was between 20 and 30 minutes but the benefits continue to grow after 30 minutes, just at a slower rate. So, it appears at least 20 minutes is a great amount of time to help reduce stress in our busy life.
How can we take advantage of what many in the health care industry are calling a “Nature Pill”? Just pick one of the hikes listed here on Hiketricities.com. Make it a priority in your life to help you deal with stress and have a more relaxed and reduced stress life.
You can consider this a “Nature Pill Prescription” that I would recommend to each of us so that we can feel the real benefit of slowing down our day and enjoying the beauty that surrounds us!