So happy to see more emerging articles about the benefits of Nature Therapy and spending time in nature!
As usual, below I will put the bullet point list of the most interesting and important (as I think) points in the article – in case you don’t have much time to read the whole thing. And if you would like to read the whole article, you can find it here.
- Forest visits boost the activity of NK cells: “From 2004 to 2012, Japanese officials spent about $4 million dollars studying the physiological and psychological effects of forest bathing, designating 48 therapy trails based on the results…In a 2009 studyLi’s subjects showed significant increases in NK cell activity in the week after a forest visit, and positive effects lasted a month following each weekend in the woods.”
- Forest environments lower stress levels: “Forest environments promote lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, lower blood pressure, greater parasympathetic nerve activity, and lower sympathetic nerve activity than do city environments,” the study concluded.
- “Forest environments can be viewed as therapeutic landscapes”: “The subjects showed significantly reduced hostility and depression scores, coupled with increased liveliness, after exposure to trees”.
- “we don’t seem to need a lot of exposure to gain from nature”: “Brief exposure to greenery in urban environments can relieve stress levels, and experts have recommended “doses of nature” as part of treatment of attention disorders in children.