Do you think your STRESSED? There is a Healing Potential in the Outdoors waiting for you.
There’s something inherently healing about spending time outdoors, this can be related to the exposure we get from natural daylight.
Over the past years of study research has shown us that even leisurely walks outdoors can help lead to:
- 4% decrease in the stress hormone cortisol
- 7% decrease in sympathetic nerve activity (also known as “fight-or-flight” behaviours)
- 4% decrease in blood pressure
- 8% decrease in heart rate
Also research shows, for instance, that older adults who spend more time outdoors have less pain, sleep better and have less functional decline in their ability to carry out their daily activities [According to research published in Biopsychosocial Medicine].
You’ve probably already experienced this. If you’re have you ever gone for a walk outside when you have been stressed out at home or in the office, I bet it helped you feel a lot better, it’s amazing what a quick walk outside can do for you.
Research has proven that after taking part in brief walks outdoors either in the evening after work, or study times or even at the weekends, that people have reported that their stress levels seem to have reduced.
“A 2013 study reported that taking a walk in a green area can put the brain in a meditative state, with results so profound they showed up on EEG (electroencephalography) recordings”.
We at Out of Your Comfort Zone, use the Outdoor environment not just for adventure but also to help people experience a more relaxing time in an environment that they may not visit as often as they wish.
You probably already know that hours of staring at the computer or TV monitor are bad for your eyes. Researchers have and scientists have recently reported that particularly with children that too much time indoors can create irreversible changes in the eyes and that young people are these days spending more time indoors than that back in the 1980’s and 1970’s.
Time outdoors is good for adult eyes and the more time we spend with the screen, the more likely we are to suffer dry eye syndrome.By going outside and allowing our eyes to focus on something more distant allows us to exercise different muscles in the back of our eyes and allows the eyes to relax and recover.
Our days out in the Welsh Mountains are enjoyable, relaxed and fun with an educational feel that will help you gain more knowledge of this stunning environment that surrounds us.