Bouncing Back with Nature

Have you ever felt stressed and decided that a walk in nature might be helpful? If so, it’s likely that your walk provided some relief. A recently published scientific study supports this idea and says that being immersed in nature for 20 minutes lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Longer immersion times results in further reductions of cortisol but after 30 minutes the effect becomes less pronounced. The scientists published their study in an open access journal called Frontiers in Psychology and there’s also a descriptive post on the journal’s blog here:

https://blog.frontiersin.org/2019/04/09/20-minute-nature-pill-relieves-stress/

Author: Michael Hebert

I blog about psychological resilience at getmoreresilient.net.