-Master Arnav Sawant – Std VIII

(This article was published in Times NIE, 26th March 2018)

Hectic and busy lives seem to be the norm of today’s world. People are always rushing to get things done, whether it is a project deadline or just keeping up with the pace of life. These time constraints are usually related to external influences in our lives – work, school, traffic and/or life in general. All these factors create drama in life and lead to stress. Stress is not healthy; in fact, it has been proven to cause serious health problems. So sometimes, we just need to get away from the stresses of life

All a person needs to do is escape to a quiet solitude of nature and let their senses be overwhelmed with relaxation. All five senses can enjoy what nature has to offer.

One might ask – WHY? Well, the answer is that nature tends to be peaceful, calm and relaxing. It is a place where someone can get away from the madness of a busy life. There are many companies and individuals trying to sell all kind of things to get people to relax and “de-stress”. . All this “stuff” can become costly and might not even work for most people. Getting in touch with nature is an easy and cheap way of relieving stress.

Nature heals: Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature makes you feel better emotionally. It may even reduce mortality. Research done in hospitals and schools has found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on stress

Nature soothes: Nature helps us cope with pain. We are genetically programmed to find trees, plants and other nature elements engrossing. We are absorbed by nature scenes and distracted from our pain and discomfort.

This is nicely demonstrated in a now classic study of patients who underwent gallbladder surgery; half had a view of trees and half had a view of a wall. According to the physician who conducted the study, the patients with the view of trees tolerated pain better and spent less time in a hospital.

Nature restores: Furthermore, time in nature increases our ability to pay attention, because humans find nature inherently interesting. We can naturally focus on what we are experiencing out in nature and refreshes us for new tasks.

As rightly said,” Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”