The Earth has music for those who listen, they say. A kind of music that calms us, boosts our energy, and reduces our stress. But in a city life where the concrete is touching the sky, where the traffic jams are around every corner, where the air is less air but more pollution, where the sound we hear all day is honks, TV voices, phone rings, and people gossips. Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of such things, how can we hear the music that the Earth is offering us? The answer is simple, and that is by walking in the nature.
For city people, the nature is a faraway place from their home. Somewhere in forests, at the top of mountains, or in the middle of the ocean, but they forget that the nature always finds a way to sustain itself, no matter how hard a human tries to cut it out. We have all gone to parks near our homes when we were kids to play football or cricket or to see the setting sun or waves at a lake or river. Some of us may go to parks even now for running or walking, but many of us are so busy in our daily lives that we hardly get time to look out of the window to see the sky, clouds, and sunsets.
Can’t we spare 10 minutes of our lives to listen to the music of the Earth? Studies have shown that simply walking in the nature improves us in many ways. When you go to a park, the first thing that happens to you is that your mood elevates. When you see the greenery, when you see the trees, and when you see the flowers, your serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, appetite, and sleep levels, boosts up, and you feel lighter. Not only has this but stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline decrease which reduces anxiety. All your depression vanishes in the greenery in front of you.
‘Aromatherapy is widely used for its healing impact on people. Different scents from plants or flowers work by reducing stress, alleviating pain, enhancing mood, and promoting relaxation when inhaled’
The next thing that happens is that you start observing how every tree is different from each other, how every branch is different, how the leaves are shaped and even the color is distinct from every other tree leaf, how the flowers are different, and how they even smell different from each other. This improves your cognitive function, including attention and memory. Nature thus enhances our abilities to observe, think, reason, and remember. Nature sounds, which include birds chirping, the rustling of leaves, the flowing of water, etc, also have a positive impact on human functioning. Alone, the bird songs evoke a sense of tranquility and reduce anxiety.
Nature’s aroma has a powerful impact on the mood and mental well-being of human beings. Exposure to natural scents such as pine, citrus, and cinnamon can boost creativity and improve problem-solving skills. Aromatherapy is widely used nowadays for its healing impact on people. Different scents, mostly in the form of oils extracted from different plants or flowers, work by reducing stress, alleviating pain, enhancing mood, and promoting relaxation when inhaled. Though nature’s aroma is the natural scent of nature without extracting or distilling process as done in aromatherapy, it is almost the same in terms of its benefits.
For example, lavender essential oil is known for its calming and relaxing properties, while peppermint essential oil is known for its energizing and invigorating properties. According to a study, people who are nature deprived, a condition with limited or no exposure to natural environments, are at increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, and other health problems. Furthermore, individuals who are deprived of nature may experience a reduced sense of well-being, lower levels of creativity, and decreased cognitive function.
At last, nature has so much to offer humans; apart from mental health, walking in nature also helps reduce blood pressure and heart rate in humans, and not only this, the fresh air of a natural environment, when inhaled, calms and soothes the human body.