I Cannot Design Well When I'm Anxious...

You probably cannot do your best work during anxious times either. Brooding (anxiety), is a pattern of thinking we are all susceptible to. Anxiety is when our imagination runs amok with negative thoughts. We begin to create endless negative 'what if' scenarios in our minds, and imagine the worst possible outcomes. It robs us of the ability to focus on solutions and maintain a positive attitude.

Green Spaces Are Good For the Mind...

I've found that undue anxiety can rob me of creativity needed for my work at times. Therefore, I developed the habit, over the years, of spending at least a couple of hours a week in a local botanic garden. I found it to be a wonderful way to 'reboot' my thinking, and lift my mood. "You never hear anyone arguing in a botanic garden,' I would often say. I have always been convinced that there is a connection, unknown to science, between spending time in nature and good mental health. Now, science seems to be discovering that connection...

Walking In Nature to Reduce Anxiety

In the New York Times Well Section for July 24, 2015, there is an article entitled "How Walking In Nature Changes the Brain" Researchers measured the effects of walking in a green, leafy park on subjects compared to walking next to a busy highway. "Immediately after completing their walks, the volunteers returned to the lab and repeated both the questionnaire and the brain scan... As might have been expected, walking along the highway had not soothed people’s minds... But the volunteers who had strolled along the quiet, tree-lined paths showed slight but meaningful improvements in their mental health, according to their scores on the questionnaire. They were not dwelling on the negative aspects of their lives as much as they had been before the walk." The portions of the brain normally excited by stress and anxiety were quieter.

White Cherry Blossoms

Various studies have found that urban dwellers with little access to green spaces have a higher incidence of psychological problems than people living near parks and that city dwellers who visit natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones immediately afterward than people who have not recently been outside." It's an article worth reading. Just be sure to talk a walk in your local park after doing so!

 



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