frontiers In a study published in the journal In Psychology, researchers have recognized the importance of nature to life. According to this, more biophilia (connection with nature) is better for life. Although you cannot live in the woods all day, so says Professor Marycol Hunter of the University of Michigan School for the Environment, sit or take a walk among trees and greenery for 20 to 30 minutes a day. This lowers the level of cortisol (the hormone that causes stress). It is a less expensive and less risky way to reduce stress and prevent negative health effects. Another author of the study, Professor Gavin Jenkins, says that greenery is suffocating amid urbanization. The challenge before the governments is to make parks a part of their master plans in cities. Only then can nature be felt.
Two months research on 36 citizens
To see this effect of nature, Hunter and his colleagues asked 36 citizens to spend 10 minutes with nature three times a week for two months. Every two weeks, the researchers took saliva samples from these people before and after going close to nature to measure stress. The data showed that 20 minutes was enough time to reduce cortisol levels. However, the best effect was seen between 20 and 30 minutes.
Research in the UK: spend two hours a week in the park
One such research conducted on 20,000 people in Britain revealed that two hours spent every week in a park or forest can improve your health. Even if you do not exercise during this time, the proximity of nature will keep you healthy. However, exercise is even better.
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