Spending twenty minutes in natural surroundings that makes one feel in contact with nature can significantly lower stress levels. Scientists from the University of Michigan say that ‘Nature Pills’ can have a measurable effect on our well being.
The results published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology has established for the first time the most effective dose of an urban nature experience. Nature Pills are low cost and could be a low-cost solution to reduce negative health impacts on one’s body.
To arrive at a result scientists conducted a study where levels of cortisol, were measured from saliva samples taken before and after a nature pill, once every two weeks. “Participants were free to choose the time of day, duration, and the place of their nature experience, which was defined as anywhere outside that in the opinion of the participant, made them feel like they’ve interacted with nature. The data revealed that spending 20 minutes in the midst of nature can help reduce cortisol levels.