“Anything from gazing at a photo of a landscape to watering a houseplant, is proven to reduce anxiety and even spark pro-social behaviors like empathy, charitability and generosity.”
“We evolved to keep our ears peeled to nature, be it birdsong or rainfall,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., author of Blue Mind.
“As we take on more and more, it’s easy to feel like we aren’t equipped to cope,” says mental health expert Victoria Maxwell. “We can even start to doubt our own strengths and our ability to bounce back.”
“As we get older, the sleep hormone melatonin dips, while the stress hormone cortisolincreases, making it even harder to drift off,” reveals Laura Koniver, M.D., author of The Earth Prescription.“And in a vicious cycle, when we’re sleep-deprived, we’re more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.”
“In one study, spending just 40 seconds looking at a simulated flowering meadow (versus concrete) warded off mental fatigue.”
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