Contact with nature reduces stress in 20 minutes

Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is common not to have contact with nature in the urban environment.

When we think of vacations, the memory of a beach, country or farm usually comes to mind. And there is a similarity between them:

They send us to tranquility, calm and tranquility.

According to a new study published in the scientific journal Frontiers , contact with nature can de-stress you.

20 to 30 minutes a day

This is enough time, according to the study, that you must dedicate each day to be in contact with nature.

A simple walk in a greener place, sunbathing, playing with animals and listening to the sounds that come from nature are examples of daily activities you can do to achieve health benefits.

According to the researchers, activities like this are able to significantly reduce the levels of a stress- related hormone .

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Stress hormone

This is cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in greater quantities at the time when you are stressed.

This constant or prolonged excess can increase the chances of cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure , diabetes and also problems related to weight.

But the good news, seen in the study, is that contact with nature within the time recommended by the researchers (20 to 30 minutes) is capable of significantly lowering the hormone levels.

And the effects are cumulative, that is, those who spend even more time in contact with nature have more mental benefits, that is, they are calmer.

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Contact with nature is essential for the proper functioning of the human body, as it can help to reduce stress.