Hello! It’s Laugho and Haremi!
I’m so tired from work!
Lately, my stress levels have been through the roof!!
You’ve been really busy, haven’t you?
How about we relax and watch a movie?
Hmm… I want to go somewhere more open!
Like the sea or the mountains.
Let’s go this weekend!
How do you find a comfortable rest while living in a stressful society?
When you find yourself sighing a lot, or when your mind feels full, stepping away and immersing yourself in nature could provide a much-needed reset for your emotions.
In this article, we’ll explain the benefits that come from interacting with nature, such as the sea or mountains.
- Benefits of going to the sea or mountains
- How to enjoy your time at the sea or mountains
- Things to be aware of when going to the sea or mountains
Why does going to the sea or mountains help relieve stress?
The effect of nature and a pleasant change of pace
Nature provides us with a calm and comfortable feeling.
Why is that?
It’s because the tranquility and beautiful scenery we experience in nature relax our minds.
When looking at the vast sea, time seems to slow down and we stop thinking about anything, which helps calm our minds.
On the other hand, the mountains provide a refreshing feeling along with fresh air, leading to stress relief.
These effects are also scientifically proven.
Being in nature lowers our heart rate, calms our blood pressure, and reduces muscle tension.
When looking at the sea, our problems can seem trivial, and breathing in the clean air in the mountains can refresh both our mind and body.
The impact of the sea and mountains on mental health respectively
The sea and mountains each provide different types of relaxation.
The comfortable rhythm of the sea waves calms your heart rate and relaxes you.
This is referred to as the ‘Blue Effect’, offering tranquility and calmness.
On the other hand, the fresh air and green scenery of the mountains refresh your mind.
This phenomenon, known as the ‘Green Effect’, helps rejuvenate your energy.
Interacting with nature has a significant impact on mental health and stress relief.
So that’s why we often feel the urge to be in nature when we’re stressed or tired.
How to enjoy and what to be aware of when visiting the sea or mountains
How to enjoy nature and its effects
There are various ways to enjoy yourself at the sea or mountains.
At the sea, you can swim, surf, fish, and more.
These activities promote the release of endorphins (the happiness hormone) by getting your body moving, which can alleviate stress.
On the other hand, in the mountains, you can go hiking or have a picnic.
These activities, along with physical exercise, provide a pleasant change of pace as you enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Points to be aware of
While enjoying nature, it’s also important to be careful.
Be mindful of changes in weather and wild animals.
Also, it’s important to follow certain etiquette in a natural environment, such as not littering.
Enjoy nature safely.
Methods to further enhance relaxation when going to the sea or mountains
Yoga can help reduce feelings of anxiety and frustration, as well as increase the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to a positive mood.
It provides benefits not just for the mind, but also for the body, such as improving alignment and posture.
Doing yoga in nature is believed to enhance its effects. It’s recommended to do yoga by the sea while listening to the sound of waves, or in the mountains while breathing in the fresh air.
In our busy lives, we often don’t have time to connect with ourselves, and we may unknowingly accumulate stress.
Meditation, which allows you to regulate your breathing and connect with yourself, is effective in refreshing the mind.
When you start to feel stressed, consider going out into nature first.
I highly recommend this.
We also have jobs and side gigs, but we manage to keep going because we make a point of regularly spending time in nature, like at the sea or in the mountains.
I encourage everyone to give it a try.
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