The soothing sounds of nature are familiar to all of us, I’m sure.
Have you ever layed in bed, listening to the rain outside your window at night?
Do you feel more relaxed while walking through the woods, with birds singing all around you?
Can the sound of waves on the ocean help calm your nerves and fall asleep faster?
It should come as no surprise that melodic backrounds such as these have been used for relaxation by many over the years.
After a particularly stressful day, the murmur of a water fountain or a brook flowing steadily in the mountains, can actually ease our troubled thoughts.
Yes, this often unrecognized natural resource has the power to affect the brain waves in a calming, sedative manner.
Exactly why is still a mystery.
Perhaps there is some deep connection within ourselves to nature and its many splendors…
Whatever the case may be, immersing yourself in this type of environment has been proven to bring your blood pressure down and reduce the production of cortisol, which can in turn lead to better heart health.
Escaping The Rat Race
Did you know that just the sounds of the city can cause anxiety and raise your stress hormone levels?
Anthropogenic noise, or sounds caused by humans, have been related to a variety of negative conditions such as:
- Increased annoyance
- Hearing damage
- Upsetting our sleep pattern
- Disrupting the intellectual process
- Creating a disadvantageous effect on the edocrine and vascular systems
Along with sirens and various types of industrial machinery, transportation seems to be the most significant contributor of noise pollution within the urban lifestyle.
I bet you could probably come up with a few more if you really think about it!
Most of us can’t, however, just run off to a mountain cabin to get away from it all…
So why not turn your living area or backyard into an oasis of peace and tranquilty?
There are several ways you can do this. For example:
1)Design your yard with plenty of landscaping to attract different types of birds. It can become a very soothing diversion from the distractions of civilization.
Throw out some birdseed, or put up a house for them to live in, to attract more feathered friends.
2)Running water can be pleasant veil over troublesome sounds from the street.
A product such as the Kenroy Home Waterdrop Natural Slate Tabletop Fountain will transform this interior space into a sensory satisfying zone.
3)Another cool tool to have around the house is the Sound Oasis S-550-05 Sound Therapy System.
It creates a continuous sound environment that is both healthy and relaxing with 6 high fidelity, genuine nature sounds.
Little steps such as these will have a powerful effect on your overall happiness and well-being.
Walk It Off
Taking a walk in the park or a stroll through the woods can help restore a tired, overworked mind.
Just 10 minutes of this absorption into nature, is all you need to lift your spirits in many cases.
But at least once or twice a month you should try to go on longer walks if possible. These will often lower your cortisol levels as well as the heart rate and blood pressure.
The positive effects are much more plentiful when compared with walks in the city.
In fact, researchers at the University of Michigan including Dr. Marc Berman, discovered that “performance on memory and attention tests improved by 20 percent after study subjects paused for a walk through an arboretum. When they walked down a busy street in town, no cognitive boost was detected.”
To get the full benefit of the sights and sounds of nature, you should leave any distracting devices at home.
You can certainly live without your techno-toys for a little while, right? Especially since having them with you might dull the exhilarating experience of the sunshine, greenery, birds singing, and the refreshing scents all around you!
They may also deprive us of that much needed separation from the worries and concerns that seem to follow us like a shadow.
At the very minimum…TURN YOUR PHONE OFF:)
Throughout history, our ancestors have learned to associate the singing of birds with a sense of safety and peace.
Other natural sounds, such as flowing water and ocean surf, are wisely being used to help employees focus and perform their jobs better.
Some companies even make it a point to built their offices near the coast to utilize the soothing benefits of the pounding waves.
Whether or not the sounds are live or recorded does not diminish their effects, however.
You can increase your awareness and understanding of your TRUE SELF through artificial means just as easily.
I mentioned an indoor water fountain above, plus there are many cd’s and audio products available to enjoy the sounds of nature in your own home.
One Swedish study revealed that people recovered from stress faster when they heard birdsongs or water than when they did not.
Mental clarity and motivation also tend to improve.
After considering all of the information above…isn’t it time you re-connected to this natural source of serenity?