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Working From Home? Researchers Suggest Taking a “Nature Pill” to Relieve Stress

Originally published at: https://joeswritersclub.com/jwc-blogs/joe_writer/working-from-home-researchers-suggest-taking-a-nature-pill-to-relieve-stress/

By Tiffany Chaney With more people working from home, it’s both easier than ever to enjoy nature but also difficult as most of your activities are based in the home. Humans are creatures of habit, and it’s important to cultivate “taking a nature pill” as a part of a healthy work-from-home lifestyle. A 2019 study published in Frontiers in Psychology notes that just 20 minutes spent outside could significantly lower your stress hormones, according to a news release. Previously, it was known that nature did provide stress-relieving benefits. However, it was unknown how much time in nature is enough, how often one should do so, or even what kind of “nature experience” qualifies. The study found that small patches of nature found in urban areas do count. Do What Connects You With Nature, Even in Urban Areas Dr. Mary Carol Hunter, associate professor at the University of Michigan and lead author of the study, indicated in the news release that: “Our study shows that for the greatest payoff in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature.”…