How walking in nature eases brain fatigue


We have already written on our blog prior about how being in nature has amazing healing benefits, but now scientists have discovered that walking among nature can ease brain fatigue too. Just like our bodies, our brains can get tired too, and oftentimes it’s from too much.

Here are some common signs of brain fatigue:

  • Feeling physically tired. Even if you spend all day sitting down at a desk, if you get home from a day and want to curl up into a ball instead of moving, your brain is tired too.
  • Impatience and feeling irritable. If you find yourself being easily triggered or jumping to emotions like anger or sadness, this is another sign of brain fatigue.
  • Having trouble focusing. If you find it harder to complete tasks or stay on task, or perhaps finding it difficult to make decisions, this is another symptom.

But, a groundbreaking study out of Scotland, now shows that a bit of mindfulness and nature is all your brain needs to come out of a state of fatigue or mental unrest.

When the volunteers made their way through the urbanized, busy areas, particularly the heavily trafficked commercial district at the end of their walk, their brain wave patterns consistently showed that they were more aroused and frustrated than when they walked through the parkland, where brain-wave readings became more meditative. While traveling through the park, the walkers were mentally quieter. [New York Times]

While this notion that spending time in nature-filled spaces or taking some mindful moments isn’t a new one, this is just more research that supports why this kind of thing is amazing for our brains and our overall emotional and physical wellbeing. Even simply living among greenery or nature can provide lasting benefits to your health, but if that doesn’t describe your home, you can still reap the rewards. Being in that it’s summer, there’s lots of opportunity and reason to get outside and close to nature. Go for a hike out of town, take a walk in a park, go camping or kayaking—anything that will give your brain a rest.

What’s your favourite way to get close to nature? Share with us on Facebook or Twitter.

— Written by Amber Craig


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