Taking only 20 minutes of your day to walk around or sit near nature will significantly reduce stress hormone levels, according to a new study. to have a real measurable effect, according to researchers from the University of Michigan.
"We know that spending time in nature reduces stress, but so far it has not been clear how much is enough, how often to do it, or even what kind of experience from nature will help us," said lead author MaryCarol Hunter of the University .
For the study published in Frontiers in Psychology, the research team includes 36 participants. For a period of eight weeks, they were asked to take "pills for nature" for at least 1
Cortisol levels – a stress hormone – were measured by samples of saliva taken before and after taking a "pill for nature" once every two weeks.
The data show that only 20-minute experience in nature is sufficient to significantly reduce cortisol levels.
And if you get some more experience in nature – from 20 to 30 minutes of sitting or walking – cortisol levels dropped at their highest speed, the researchers said. Effective lowering of the hormone levels of stress cortisol, you have to spend 20 to 30 minutes to sit or walk in a place that gives you a sense of nature, Hunter says. – IANS