Does the sound of rain calm you? How about the sounds of a waterfall, or wind blowing or crickets chirping or birds singing? Now there is scientific evidence showing the sounds of nature do exert a calming influence over our stressed minds and bodies.
“Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) found that playing ‘natural sounds’ affected the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain. While naturalistic sounds and ‘green’ environments have frequently been linked with promoting relaxation and well-being, until now there has been no scientific consensus as to how these effects come about.” The study has been published in Scientific Reports.
We kind of knew this right? But now there is science to back it up, which means it can be prescribed therapeutically for those of us under a lot of stress. I guess we can save ourselves a visit to the doctor by going for a nice long walk in the woods, or taking a stroll along the beach.
This week take a few moments each day to notice if you’re feeling uptight, your breathing is shallow, or you’re a bit overwhelmed. Then find a way to take a couple of quick – or long – walks while focusing on the beauty of the sky, trees, and wildlife all around you. There, feel a little more relaxed already?