Spend Time In Nature

Stress Relief Tool – Spend Time In Nature

Clinical studies have found that nature can help provide you with much-needed stress relief.

Do you like gardening? Going to the beach? Riding on a bike or a boat? When the dreaded stress bug bites, nature might be calling you. If you are motivated to get out in your yard, go to a local park, or pull out your bike from the garage I applaud you: you already know that nature works wonders on your body and mind to reduce anxiety. And a clinical study backs this up: respondents with a high amount of green space in a three kilometer radius were less affected by stressful life events than respondents with a low amount of green space in their radius.1

However, if you need more group support to get you motivated, then check out meetup.com. I found all my hiking groups here. Those groups helped me get through my divorce because I met people who were willing to listen and provide suggestions while at the same time getting out in nature. It was a real “win-win” for me.

There are groups for all kinds of nature experiences, and for all skill levels. It’s a great place to find new friends and get some much-needed vitamin D. And even if they are only meeting online until the pandemic calms down, you are getting ready for adventures with like-minded people in the future.

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

  1. Social Science & Medicine – “Green Space as a Buffer Between Stressful Life Events and Health” – Volume 70, Issue 8, April 2010, Pages 1203-1210.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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