Tranquil Nature Videos Reduce Stress
Healthcare providers dedicate their lives to healing patients. Medical technology and pharmacology are extremely advanced and powerful. Unfortunately, attention to a patient’s emotional health and anxiety levels associated with medical treatments often go ignored. Even waiting too long in a doctor’s office for an appointment can significantly increase a patient’s anxiety and blood pressure. Increased anxiety and blood pressure are directly linked to reductions in the immune system.
In a PHD study of 872 blood donors, an electroencephalograph (EEG) showed higher alpha wave amplitudes in patients viewing nature scenes.
Higher alpha wave amplitudes indicate increased levels of Serotonin which is the chemical in the brain that anti-depressant medications increase. The study also revealed that the patients viewing nature scenes had pronounced indications of lower physical signs of stress. Japanese researchers found similar results to these and lower heart rates using an EKG in patients viewing nature scenes. Further, many clinical studies show that regular contact with nature reduces stress hormones like cortisol which will lower the risk for serious long-term health problems and diseases, including: Anxiety, Addiction, Depression, Digestive problems, Chronic Headaches, Heart disease, Sleep disorders, social anxiety, weight gain, and concentration impairment.
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