Exposure to elements of nature has a positive impact on our physical health and sound state of mind. This proves that viewing natural sceneswith plants or water triggers positive emotions, well-being, and calm. This helps to end the state in the body triggered by a stressful situation and has a regenerative effect. We immediately feel better as a result?
Negative effects on physical well-being
Stress is seen as the reaction of our body to situations that we perceive as stressful or threatening. This reaction is directly related to our autonomic nervous system, which controls the so-called involuntary or automatic functions of the internal organs such as heartbeat, breathing, digestion, urine formation, pupil reaction, etc. Exposure to stress, our brain reacts and puts our body (with the help of the sympathetic nervous system) into “fight or flight mode.” The effect of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline released due to stress accelerates the heart rate, stimulates sweat production, and slows down digestion. Immediately you are no longer stressed, the body (with the help of the parasympathetic nervous system, the opponent of the sympathetic nervous system) returns to an equilibrium of the “resting and digestive mode.” Heart rate becomes slow, and the blood vessels widen, then digestion is activated again.
This stresses the most highlighted stain on our physical well-being and one of the biggest factors in diseases of the cardiovascular system, the gastrointestinal tract, and the nervous system. The proven sources of stress today include:
Nature triggers positive feelings and relaxes.
Fortunately, natural environments can help us relieve stress and reduce the associated risks of mental illness.
How to improve your physical well-being?
In care facilities, especially university students of North Sydney, the increased appearance of the so-called “therapeutic” gardens has been observed for several decades. These are intended to help reduce anxiety, alleviate symptoms of depressive illnesses, reduce the need for painkillers, and improve students’ sleep and quality of life even during stressful periods in the school year.
The satisfaction survey
For the current survey, over 1,000 male and female students from North Sydney over 18 were asked about their bodies’ satisfaction. They dealt with aspects such as body weight, body figure, and physical fitness. These are the results:
Hardly any differences in self-criticism
Nowadays, social change is causing an approaching self-criticism between men and women. This is because men and women try to conform to the “ideals of beauty.” In the past, an obese body was considered to be respected and attractive. But in today’s affluent society, slimness and fitness are more likely to represent professional success and high social status.
13 principles with a positive effect on your physical well-being: