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.