Let the great outdoors calm your nerves.
My first panic attack came out of nowhere; I was taking my jacket off and boom, I was certain I was about to have a stroke or heart attack. At the time I was 26, in good shape, and no history of cardiovascular problems in my family. Although my job could be stressful, it was pretty chill for the most part. I don’t know what happened but something inside me just snapped.
Now I am not going to sit here and tell you that getting out into nature is the cure-all. I had a lot of help. My family and friends were instrumental and I had medical support. But somehow things were not getting better; I was scared that if I left my house I would have a breakdown.
It wasn’t until I made a commitment to get outside and stay outside that my panic attacks disappeared and my anxiety became almost nonexistent. Being cooped up inside all day and dealing with daily stresses create anxiety for everyone, even if it doesn’t consume you like mine did. Don’t let it get to that point…here are 5 ways nature will help your anxiety!
1. Nature has meditative powers.
Researchers in Japan found a significant decrease in the activity of the prefrontal cortex area of the brain when spending time in nature. This part of the brain is always planning and is responsible for decision-making and problem solving. Similar effects have been observed in Tibetan monks and these guys know a thing or two about meditation and relaxation.