Earth Day is a great time reflect on how we can better the world around us—and the world within us. The earth is our home, and so is our mind. We spend our whole lives here, so let’s take care of it as best as we can. Keep reading to learn more.
The Earth and Our MindAs the earth runs on frequencies, so does our brain. Do you find that you feel happier and more at peace in nature? Not only is that because it’s nice to get out of the house every once in a while. According to BrainWorld Magazine, “In nature, your body more easily tunes into the Earth’s frequency and can restore, revitalize, and heal itself more effectively.” The earth has a natural frequency of about 8 hertz. The human brain, amazingly, also has a natural frequency of about 8 hertz when it is experiencing alpha brainwaves. Alpha is the frequency associated with relaxation and tranquility, as well as creativity, imagination, and flow. Alpha is the intuitive mind—a super-learning state.
The Power of NatureWhen we spend time in nature, we can tune our brainwaves to match that of the earth, bringing us to a state of calm and inward awareness. Spending time in nature has proven to have great benefits for our overall health, happiness, and wellbeing. This Earth Day, we want to walk you through some steps to better feel at one with nature and yourself.
Earth Day Healing TipsHere are three ways that you can heal your mind while also increasing your awareness of the beauty of the earth around you.
- Take a walk. Yoshifumi Miyazaki, a researcher at Chiba University in Japan, discovered that people who went for a 40-minute walk had lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Further, other research has found that those who took consecutive long walks through nature raised their natural killer cells—white blood cells that help the immune system—by 50 percent.
- Look up to the sky. Paul Piff, researcher at the University of California, found that those who spend at least a minute looking up at the sky and tall trees were more likely to report feeling a sense of awe. These people were then more likely to help those around them, acting in more generous and unselfish ways. Additionally, the study found that “regularly experiencing moments of awe has been linked to lower levels of inflammatory compounds in the body.”
- Spend time with nature. Allowing yourself a moment with nature has been shown to improve mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discovered that spending time in nature made people less likely to obsessively ruminate. Though there is still much to learn about how nature helps one’s mood and mental health, it is clear that those who spend regular time with nature feel overall happier and more focused on their goals and dreams.