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The Wonders Of Walking In Nature For Overall Well-Being

Written by: Richard Hilton, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

Walking in nature has been shown to have a number of benefits for the brain and mind, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood, and boosting cognitive function. One potential reason for these benefits is that exposure to nature can help to reduce the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the body. Additionally, nature can also act as a distraction from daily stressors, allowing the mind to relax and rejuvenate. The natural environment also provides a sense of tranquillity and peacefulness which can ease mental fatigue and improve overall well-being.

woman breathing clean air in nature forest with arms spread..

Fractals, which are patterns that repeat at different scales, have been studied for their potential benefits for the brain. Some research suggests that looking at fractals can have a calming effect on the mind, reducing stress and anxiety. This may be because fractals are found in many natural forms, such as in woodlands going from a large mass of trees to fewer and fewer trees to a single tree, onto a branch, a twig then a leaf and the veins in that leaf. Coastlines and sand dunes have the same effect, and the sea with the waves creating repeating patterns which can evoke a sense of awe and wonder, leading to a decrease in cortisol (a stress hormone) and an increase in feelings of well-being.


Fractals also have a unique visual appeal that can engage the brain and promote cognitive function. Studies have shown that viewing fractals can improve attention, memory and perception.


Additionally, some studies have suggested that fractals may have therapeutic potential for individuals with certain mental health conditions, such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety.


It's worth noting that more research is needed to fully understand the benefits of fractals on the brain and more studies are needed to understand the underlying mechanisms and the potential therapeutic use.


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Richard Hilton, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Richard is a former member of the British Army. Upon leaving the military he studied extensively in self-defense, Conflict Management. Due to going through a difficult period on leaving, he realised that he needed to make major changes in the direction of his life He then began to study NLP and Hypnosis. He is now helping veterans and first responders with the difficulties and challenges that they are facing on a daily basis. He has also self-published his first book "Whispers over Windermere"

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