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Let Nature Help You Heal

Did you know that natural sounds such as the wind swooshing through trees and water softly sloshing against the shore of a lake can actually cause your nervous system to switch into a repair mode, relaxing you? And according to scientific research, you can achieve the same effect merely by listening to recordings of natural sounds. I wrote about working with nature sounds for healing in a recent a...

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Overcome Self-Doubt and Perfectionism

Striving for excellence can lead to very satisfying achievements, but when is enough enough? Do you really need more money, more praise, more attention, or a greater sense of control? When does perfectionism start to diminish your joy and distract you from the reason you chose a goal in the first place? Would being less driven give your soul greater pleasure than constantly pushing yourself to ...

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Nature Videos for Easing Stress and Aggression

Feeling angry and stressed out by what is going on in the world and your life? Simply watching nature videos might help. Research shows that inmates in a maximum security prison were less aggressive and violent after being allowed to view videos of natural scenes such as oceans, aquariums, and forests. Aggression and anger put stress on the body, and when we’re upset, we can act in ways that hu...

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Change Your Health Story Using Forest Bathing

Walk through a forest and your body and mind will soon reflect that you are free of electronics, artificial light, mechanical noises, and constant distractions that invisibly raise your stress levels and cause you to jump from thought to thought. Forest bathing, or Shinrin-yoku as it’s called in Japan, is a practice of taking time to enjoy moving through the woods one step at a time, stopping ...

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A Healing Message from Nature

Spending time in nature offers many health benefits. It reduces your amount of stress hormones, bathes you in sunlight that raises your vitamin D levels, and seems to reduce the risk of developing nearsightedness. Some physicians are even prescribing nature walks for their patients, as a USA Today article points out. Nature seems to recalibrate us, bringing us back to the rhythm and flow of our...

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