With all the readings, quizzes and tests students have to go through, the stress can really start to pile on. Luckily, Mother Nature can help with that! Yes, that's right, connecting with nature has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.
For people at risk of mental health challenges (aka many students) connecting with nature can help reduce anxiety and depression related symptoms. In a study at the University of Essex, they found that taking walks through nature reduced depression score by 71% compared to those who walked through a mall.
Many scientists believe this is because humans have an innate need to connect with nature. However, due to urbanization, it may be difficult for many people to get to the outdoors as often as they would like.
Here are some ways to become one with Mother Nature.
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