A Soft Touch of Nature Indoors
Nature puts the mind at ease; it’s fresh, it’s soothing, and it clears the head. Having some type of natural element indoors is a great solution for overcoming stress and negativity in any environment. Let’s take a look at the many different benefits it brings to us.
Reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but contributes to your physical well-being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. It may also reduce mortality.
It helps us cope with pain by distracting us from discomfort.
Studying patients who underwent gallbladder surgery; half had a view of trees and half had a view of a wall. Half with the view of trees tolerated the pain better, appeared to have fewer negative effects, and spent less time in hospital.
Increases attention-span; humans find nature inherently interesting, we can naturally focus on what we are experiencing out in nature. This also provides a respite for our overactive minds, refreshing us for new tasks.
Time spent in nature connects us to each other and the larger world.
Bringing nature indoors is a great way to increase each of these factors and create a positive atmosphere.
Source: Taking Charge