Connect with Nature to Reduce Stress
The theory of improving health by connecting with nature, as propounded by Ayurveda thousands of years ago, has become so
popular and widely accepted today that it is now formally recognized as
"ecotherapy." Researchers have started pointing out in almost every country and
region that close contact with nature helps one to reduce mental
stress and improve physical fitness.
As one gets closer to nature and start communicating with it, the mind
loosens up and the creativity increases. The fresh air raises the
energy level and one feels charged up again.
Quite often one is able to find a solution for the unresolved problems
during one of those long walks in a landscape rich with natural
beauty. One can observe that when one is close to nature the negative
emotions such as anger, resentment, and jealousy are subdued while the
positive emotions such love; affection and contentment dominate the
That is why urban planners have started earmarking more and more space
for parks, gardens etc in cities and towns to ensure that there are
enough opportunities for everyone living there to maintain at least
some contact with nature.
An increasing number of architects have started offering building
solutions in which solar and wind energy-the two non-conventional
sources of energy which are free gift of nature- are used prominently.
Wherever these two sources of energy have been used replacing the
fossil fuels, pollution has come down drastically resulting in
significant improvement in the health of not merely individuals but
the whole community.
Natural surroundings also improve the community health. Various
research studies have started indicating that people who live near
three-lined streets or parks are likely to live longer than those who
are not close to nature in anyway.
Nature bestows its affection on the old and the young alike. Children
with attention disorders are known to have shown significant
improvement in their attitude once they are brought close to nature.