Tips for integrating nature into your daily life

Posted by Karen in Uncategorized

Taking some time out of the hustle and bustle of city living in natural surroundings is beneficial for us in many ways…

I wanted to share with you the findings of a study in an article I recently came across called ‘Greening our minds’.

Marc Berman, a researcher in cognitive psychology ran an experiment in which one group of people took a three-mile walk in a wooded area with gardens and trails and a second group took a walk along a busy street. Subsequent testing showed that the group that took the walk in the wooded area performed better on tests of mental focus and memory than the group that walked along the busy city street.

Soft fascinations (rustling leaves, babbling brooks) found in nature increase focus and memory, while the harsh stimuli (car horns, billboards) of an urban setting cause brain overload.

While this is no great surprise, it is a good reminder that taking some time out of the hustle and bustle of city living in natural surroundings is beneficial for us in many ways.

Tips for integrating nature into your daily life:

  • Try and walk some of your journey to work and find out whether there is a park or green space on your way
  • Spend your lunch time outdoors – find out which park or green spaces are around your work place.  London is scattered with so many green oases.
  • If you have a garden, sit for 10-15 minutes a day or a few times a week doing nothing but watching, listening and then noticing how you are

Tips for integrating nature into your daily life

Posted by Karen in Uncategorized

Taking some time out of the hustle and bustle of city living in natural surroundings is beneficial for us in many ways…

I wanted to share with you the findings of a study in an article I recently came across called ‘Greening our minds’.

Marc Berman, a researcher in cognitive psychology ran an experiment in which one group of people took a three-mile walk in a wooded area with gardens and trails and a second group took a walk along a busy street. Subsequent testing showed that the group that took the walk in the wooded area performed better on tests of mental focus and memory than the group that walked along the busy city street.

Soft fascinations (rustling leaves, babbling brooks) found in nature increase focus and memory, while the harsh stimuli (car horns, billboards) of an urban setting cause brain overload.

While this is no great surprise, it is a good reminder that taking some time out of the hustle and bustle of city living in natural surroundings is beneficial for us in many ways.

Tips for integrating nature into your daily life:

  • Try and walk some of your journey to work and find out whether there is a park or green space on your way
  • Spend your lunch time outdoors – find out which park or green spaces are around your work place.  London is scattered with so many green oases.
  • If you have a garden, sit for 10-15 minutes a day or a few times a week doing nothing but watching, listening and then noticing how you are

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