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A Natural Alternative Way to Reduce Stress

What are the ways that you reduce stress?  Consider this: just taking a walk-in nature can be helpful to reduce anxiety/depression. A study published in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Science in June 2015 entitled Nature Experience Reduces Rumination and Subgenual Prefrontal Cortex Activation suggested that just taking a 90-minute walk through a natural environment showed reduced neural activity in an area of the brain linked to depression as compared to taking a walk in an urban environment.  In my own experience taking a walk-in nature provides a natural cleansing of my thoughts and emotions and helps me to refocus in the here and now.  Taking a walk is another way in which you can practice Mindfulness focusing more on the experience of being in the present moment.  While taking a walk-in nature focus on all your 5 senses – what do you see, hear, smell, and so on.  Notice more that as you stay in the here and now your head becomes less cluttered with thoughts and there is a natural relaxation response that begins to occur. Take advantage of the Summer days when the weather is nice to get outside and take a walk-in nature.  http://emapdrschulz.com 

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