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Published On: Tue, Jan 29th, 2019

What Can be Done to Alleviate Stress?

Almost all the people that you encounter will tell you that the life of today is fast-paced. Activities are usually lined up, one immediately right after the other, to make sure that time is maximized. People, especially those workers who are paid by the hour, are always under pressure to finish their tasks fast. This results in a society that doesn’t waste much time as it strives to be vibrant and dynamic.

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However, such a way of living has dire effects on the people involved. A lot of them experience so much stress, which has repeatedly been shown to cause a whole myriad of health problems including but definitely not limited to diabetes, heart ailments, and even cancer.

Because of this, there is a need for people find ways to combat the effects of stress. Of course, going slow is often not an option in today’s world. One very good (and academically proven!) way to alleviate stress is to experience nature. But how? In this article, we present two specific courses of action that you can take.

Go to the beach

Countless studies have been done to examine the effects of the beach and sea on well-being, and the results have been very promising. Psychology Today cited one study that says that people who listen to the sound of ocean waves reportedly are calmer than those who don’t. This holds true even if they were not brought to the ocean and were just made to listen to recordings.

Another study published in the Journal of Coastal Zone Management shows that people who have can view the ocean from their homes report more calmness than those who don’t. This really sounds good for those who live in the Galveston and Pasadena areas. Still, those who live away from the beach don’t have to worry. Dallas people, for example, can always take some time off to visit the beach. If they can’t, recordings or even pictures of the ocean can already induce the calming effect that they need.  

Set up and maintain a garden

An article posted on the Psychology Today blog reports that people who have been exposed to an acutely stressful experience tend to recover faster if they had been looking at pictures of nature beforehand. Now, if pictures of plants and trees already have this power, how much more potent would be real shrubs and flowers on your lawn?

It’s going to be very helpful for you to have your own garden at home. Now, if you are worried that you have neither the skills nor the time for gardening, it should be comforting to know that you can still be successful despite this. According to WikiLawn’s Dallas guide, you just need to know how to choose the right plants to include in your garden. Of course, shrubs that are attuned to the Texas weather such as plumbago and salvia will save you time and money; you do not need to go full force on fertilizing just to keep them alive.

The advancements in technology have helped us a lot, but they have also made it challenging for us to keep our physical and mental health intact. Good thing that nature is always there to help.

Author: Mahendra

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