I was just relaxing at my local beach and couldn’t imagine a scenario where I would move back to the city. I know living close to the ocean has a great impact on my health and energy levels. The one year I lived in the city I felt out of place, uncomfortable and a little edgy.
So can living in a chaotic environment change your behaviour and mood patterns?
And can being in nature reduce stress and revitalise the body and mind?
Cortisol, also known as stress hormone is the main hormone that our body releases when we are under any sort of pressure. Despite having a bad rap for causing weight gains and high blood pressure, it is essential for our survival. It plays much bigger role than just creating stress response.
Stress hormone, cortisol is essential for life because it helps keep us awake, motivated and respond well to our environment. But when your body is under chronic stress condition, your cortisol levels remain high. You are more susceptible to diseases during this time. Abnormal levels of cortisol can be very dangerous and lead to long term health complications. High cortisol level is linked to ailments including anxiety, weight gains, hormonal imbalances, fertility problems and sleep disorders.
Few symptoms of low testosterone are also symptoms of stress. That’s because when you are under stress or in other words when you are having high levels of cortisol, your testosterone levels are not your body’s priority. Studies have shown that high cortisol levels are linked to low testosterone levels. So lowering your cortisol levels could improve testosterone levels, increases energy and ward of symptoms of depression.
Your day to day environment can have a great impact on your stress levels. Sometimes the best way to reduce stress is to change your environment to somewhere that is less chaotic and suited more towards your personality. I personally have to live close to the beach.
Everybody should have a place where they can go and relax . Where is yours, and how accessible is to you?
Human Kind has spent 99.99% of its history living in natural environments. Being in nature can greatly reduce stress, anger, fear and increase ones well being. We have all had that feeling of being revitalized after a refreshing swim in a natural form of water such as the ocean or river. Or even having that feeling of clarity and revitalization after spending some time in a natural environment.
Louv, the author of the bestsellers Last Child in the Woods (2005), coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe the loss of connection children increasingly feel with the natural world. The nature – deficit disorder is not a clinically recognized condition, he explains, but rather a term to evoke a loss of communion with other living things.
Technology is slowly playing a greater role in society, access to a screen has never been more accessible. Society is spending less time in the natural environment and more time in front of a screen. Studies have shown that time in front of a screen has been associated unsurprising with depression and a higher risk of death.
Studies were conducted in 2 groups of patients recovering from the same illness or injury in a hospital. The first group had a window within their room with a view of some natural scenery and the other group had no windows within their room. The patients with the view of the natural scenery recovered four times quicker than those with no view.
There have been experiments going as far as installing plasma televisions into hospital rooms playing images of natural scenery. Results show that it was as effective as staring at a blank wall. The experiment was designed to explore the limits of technology as a stand in for nature.
The Rat Race
People that have been forced to live in an overpopulated area may also be deprived of nature. Living in very high density cities has a correlation with negative psychological issues. Living in an overpopulated city with man made landscapes bombard the brain with constant stimulation, while being in nature balances it out and gives a chance to think, or to think with less distraction and more clarity. For those who live in an overpopulated city getting back into nature should be higher on your to do list. Nature restores mental functioning in the same way that food and water restore bodies.
In 1950 a series of experiments were created by John Calhoun to test the effect of overpopulation. This was done by using social animals for the experiment the animals chosen were mice. Calhoun discovered that in a space limited/resource unlimited environment the population of mice would explode, peak out then collapse to extinction. To read more about that study visit the link below.
Your living environment has a great impact on your health and stress levels. Especially if your living environment doesn’t align with your personality. If you’re someone that loves nature “move closer to it.”I have read many stories on forums where people have changed their living location to somewhere that matched their personality and amazingly enough their lives changed for the better. If you you’re stuck where you are at the moment I suggest to find someone where you can getaway and have a break from overstimulating environments.