A gentle soothing walk in your nearest park might be able to calm your mind and please your senses and also in the process it can provide lots of benefits for the human brain. According to a study conducted by researchers on the effect of visiting nature on the human brain, it has been found that a walk in the woods improve our brains conditioning which in turn improves our mental health to a great extent. The current generations of city dwellers are able to spend very little time in wide open gardens and parks in the middle of the nature. Research shows, due to this they are more prone to having depression, anxiety and various other mental diseases as compared to people living in harmony with nature.
Various studies are also able to indicate that there are higher chances of psychological problems among people who have very little access to any sort of green space around them as compared to people who live near parks or gardens or even people who visit natural environments. As a result these people have a much lower levels of stress hormones present in the body as compared to people who have not been outside recently.
But the fact that how these parks and green spaces were able to improve our mental health was still unclear. This possibility prompted a graduate student undergoing the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at the world famous Stanford University, Gregory Bratman, to find out the psychological effects of the modern urban lifestyle. In the research conducted by him along with some of his friends suggested that people who used to take a walk through the greener side of the Stanford campus appeared to more happy as well as mentally alert than the people who walked the same distance through heavy traffic.
But in his study Bratman did not conduct experiments to find out more about the neurological mechanisms which might be affected by being outside amongst nature.
As a result in a new study, Bratman along with his colleagues conducted experiments to closely understand the effect a walk in green surroundings may have on any person’s tendency to brood. This study was published in National Academy of Sciences journal last week.
Even after his study there were many questions which were still unanswered. One of the main questions which remained were how much time was needed to spend in the nature to have a sound mental health along with the fact that which part of the natural world would be the best suited for walking. It was also unclear about which of the factors were responsible for lifting our moods, was it quietness, greenery, sunniness, smells of nature, or was it something entirely different. The fact also remained that whether only walking or some other form of physical activity was required to improve our mental well-being.
“There’s a tremendous amount of study that still needs to be done,” Mr. Bratman said.
He also pointed out that that there are also some negative effects of walking through the nearest garden or park, and also one can beneficially muffle the subgenual prefrontal cortex by any chance which happen temporarily at least.
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