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Instant Stress Relief

 Recent studies  found that just looking at still images of nature is enough natural stimulus to lower our stress levels.

 

Researchers led by Vrije University Medical Centre in the Netherlands recruited 46 participants in an experiment designed to see how looking at images containing nature could settle a person’s nerves. Participants outfitted with sensors to monitor their heart rate and stress levels had to complete mathematical problems on a computer, with the test set to function at both normal and stress-inducing levels. After this, they would view one of two series of pictures.

 

Both image sets depicted urban environments, but one showed environments containing greenery amongst buildings, while the other showed a more stark setting, devoid of any natural flora.

 

 

The green images used in the experiment were intentionally kept as plain and drab as possible, so as not to distract the participants with their aesthetic or ‘majestic’ qualities.

 

The findings, reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health .

When participants viewed the natural images in the experiment, their stress levels lowered, thanks to the activation of their parasympathetic nervous system – which controls certain rest functions.

 

 

Here, look at the pretty, dead flowers.

Have a lovely day.

 

xoxo,

Chelf

26 Comments

  • Alexis August 3, 2017 at 6:55 am

    This is fascinating!! It’s so true. Being in nature has always settled my nerves and given me peace. It’s cool to know that this is a scientific fact. Everyone needs to get out in nature more often!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      and if you can’t, there’s always pinterest 😉

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  • Amrita August 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    This is exactly the reason we should have more nature around hospitals and more nature pictures in homes .Superb study and shows exactly why man has so many stress related issues.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      my thoughts exactly Amrita!

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  • Ashley August 4, 2017 at 11:35 am

    I’ve never heard of this but I’m going to try to look at some of these images when I’m feeling stressful! Thanks for the advice!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      let me know if it works for ya! Thank you for stopping by!

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  • Close August 4, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I always knew I felt more at peace in nature 😛 Guess I have an excuse to look at more pretty pictures on pinterest.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      same here 😉

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  • Dominee August 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    These are truly beautiful pictures!

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  • Michele Villery August 4, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    How Fascinating! I had no clue! You do feel more at peace in nature! Thanks for the tip!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 4, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      even through your screen apparently!

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  • Amber Myers August 4, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I didn’t know about this but I believe it. These photos are lovely to look at.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      glad you liked them!

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  • Rose August 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Well that’s interesting. I try to get outside daily but do enjoy looking at other posts pertaining to flowers, and nature.

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      same here!

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  • Tara Siudy (Little Miss Dexterous) August 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

    It is so important to have nature in your surroundings ! I like your pictures!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 5, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      thank you so much!

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  • jhilmil August 5, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    That’s really true, looking at nature images makes me feel so good, irrespective of the mood swings I may have. And visiting natural places special flower gardens et a huge smile on my face.

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  • C-Ludik August 5, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    A lot of people grasp intuitively that nature makes them feel better, and the research generally shows it. But it’s good to know that to if you just view the natural images, the stress levels lowered 🙂 Thank you for sharing these findings !

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  • Monique August 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I believe this for sure!! Nature brings a peace within me that not many other things can bring. If I can’t be in nature I want to look at it, whether I’m staring out my window or looking at pictures of a beautiful forest. Love it.

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  • kristal August 6, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Wow these are so pretty. I love nature it calm me down and gives me a peace of mind. I love having fresh plants and flowers in my house.

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  • Ana Ojha August 6, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Nature is surreal! We all should spend some time in the bosom of our mother nature! Thanks for sharing the facts and great reminder!

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  • Ania Travels August 9, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Being in nature totally puts me in peace. I also find nature to be super inspiring. These flowers are super pretty, thanks for sharing.

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  • Antonia August 13, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    These are beautiful! I love learning about new flowers. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Lisa August 13, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Nature really is good for health! I am a watercolor artist and live painting nature!

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    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr August 13, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      wow, this is so cool!

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