Health Minute: Nature Walk Could Decrease Stress

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WESTERN NEW YORK – Taking a break in your day outside could help reduce stress levels.

A study published earlier this year in the Journal Frontiers in Psychology says just 20 to 30 minutes spent in nature each day can significantly improve mental health.

Participants could walk, sit, or both, as long as they took their nature break during daylight hours.

The study found the hormone which produces stress, Cortisol, dropped in participants who were prescribed outdoor relaxation time. They were also advised to avoid using their phones, going on social media, or having conversations.

Lead researcher Mary Carol Hunter says she hopes the study will encourage cities to develop wellbeing programs and green spaces. The best thing about the so-called nature pill is it’s for everyone and free.

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