Human beings are part of natural ecosystems and depend on them for their survival. In a rapidly changing environment and with increasing urbanization, this dependence is challenged. Natural environments affect human health and well-being both directly and indirectly.
Urban green and blue areas provide opportunities for stress recovery and physical activity. They offer spaces for social interactions in the neighborhood and places for children’s play. Chronic stress, physical inactivity, and lack of social cohesion are three major risk factors for noncommunicable diseases, and therefore abundant urban greenery is an important asset for health promotion.
Many are the health benefits of nature. Have you ever experienced a sense of well-being staying in contact with nature or just watching some pictures or videos of natural elements? Scientists have found several advantages of nature for our health.
If you’re the kind of person who needs complete silence in order to get a good night’s sleep, close this tab. There’s no need to read further. However, if you find that even the slightest noise — a garbage truck outside, a dog barking, a snoring spouse — is a call to attention, then you might want to look into the benefits of white noise.
The sounds of nature tend to be lost in our modern lives. It seems as though all we do is drive around and travel from place to place, thinking of nothing but our responsibilities and tasks. Recent research suggests that listening to relaxing environmental sounds can help to calm our minds as well as elicit a calming effect throughout our bodies.
As every year, April 22nd is the day we celebrate Earth and demonstrate our support to climate and nature’s protection. This global event that counts over 1 billion people in 192 countries, is the largest environmental movement in the world. Whether you are on organization or an individual willing to make a positive change in the world, it is the day to clean up your surroundings, sign petitions, discuss with your elected officials or simply march to stand for your personal mission.