By: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
To help the healing process during breast cancer recovery a holistic approach should include managing stress, improving diet and exercise that incorporates nature. For people who enjoy gardening, getting back outside, even if it’s starting out with five minutes of weeding. People who aren’t gardening enthusiasts are advised to find a nearby park where they can take a walk, “commune with nature,” and reap the mind-body results of a relaxing setting and physical exercise.
Quality Healing With Exercising in Nature results in less fatigue, reduced anxiety, less hostility, more positive thoughts, and an overall feeling of invigoration. Natural settings alleviate impatience and irritability. Gazing at clouds and trees restores both mood and cognitive function.
Bring Yourself Peace When Your Outside, in nature, breathing fresh air and taking in the beauty of the earth. There are actually proven benefits of spending time outside. Time spent in nature is associated with a decrease in blood pressure, heart rate and sympathetic nerve activity. Research also states that time in nature most powerfully nurtures us when we’re the most at risk of disease, depression, or desperation.
Boost Creativity & Memory: After just an hour of spending time in nature, memory performance and attention spans improved by 20 percent. Research reports a 50 percent boost in creativity for people who were in nature for a few days.
Relaxation and Stress Management: The Japanese have a special practice called Forest Bathing which is the simple practice of spending time in the forest for relaxation and recreation. It is considered a natural aromatherapy, where people are breathing in natural volatile substances called phytoncides (wood essential oils) which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees.
Cancer-Fighting: Researchers have quantifiable evidence: that women who spent two to four hours in the woods on two consecutive days experienced a nearly 50 percent increase in the activity of cancer-fighting white blood cells.
Heightened Positive Outlook and Emotional Stability. One study showed that when subjects were shown images of mountains, forests, and other landscapes they experienced a heightened positive outlook and emotional stability. They didn’t have to be in nature, just looking at images provided benefits.
Nature Can Have a Similar Effect as Meditating. Spending time in nature can have a similar effect as meditating. Findings show that people received the same benefits from taking a walk when it was 80 degrees and sunny in summer as when the temperatures dropped to 25 degrees in winter. The only difference was that participants enjoyed the walks more in the warmer weather than in the winter.
City vs. Parks: Lastly another study showed that there is a difference between spending time outside walking in a city versus walking around greenery. At the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, subjects who walked in the botanical gardens on campus exhibited a 20 percent increase in memory while the subjects who walked around the city showed no improvement in memory.
Get Outside Daily is Imperative : The need to get outside daily is imperative and it doesn’t even matter if it’s cold or not or if I enjoy it or not, it will still provide benefits! Think spending time outside isn’t that important? We could all use more time outside.
What do you do to get outside? We would love to hear in the comments below.
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