The Scientific Power of Nature

The neuroscience of nature connection and how it can boost your vitality, brain health and well-being.

Diana Tedoldi
Mar 5, 2017 · 5 min read
Photo by www.teresacicerofotografia.it during a nature coaching workshop by Diana Tedoldi.

Since Reneè Descartes in the 17th century stated that thinking equals being (“Cogito ergo sum”), we have removed the living essence from nature and installed it entirely in our brains.

The practical effect of this philosophical operation is that men could then go into nature and take everything they needed for their industrial development purposes without caring too much, since now nature was deprived of its vital essence, its wisdom and sacredness. As I always say:

You don’t go in a forest with caterpillars if you think it’s sacred.

But the side effect of this is human alienation from Nature. And everywhere we see that this cost is way too high and results in stress, burnout, addiction, violence.

Why we feel bad.

Cut out from our roots, our natural operational system becomes ineffective, since social and environmental conditions do not correspond to what it’s programmed for, and desperately seeks for ways to feel good anyway. Its attempts to self-repair are often dysfunctional, and it’s what we call violence, aggressivity, addiction, apathy, boredom.

Scientific researches from around the world demonstrate that the cost of this process has many facets:

  • Lower sensory engagement and activation
  • Attention deficit disorders and ADHD
  • Higher emotional and psychological illness rates
  • Boredom
  • Technology and screens addiction
  • Addictions of other kinds (substances, sex, violence)

Do you recognise in any of these?

What you can do to feel good!

More evidence-based researches in neuroscience, psychology, neurology and neurophysiology demonstrate that mindfully practising nature connection has a positive impact on a wide array of aspects of our well-being. To name a few:

  • Reduced heart rate and blood pressure
  • Improved mood: fewer symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety
  • Reduced cortisol (the so-called “stress hormone”)
  • Improved immune system (increase in immunoglobulin and natural killer cells)
  • Lower levels of inflammatory markers
  • Increase in creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Increase in pleasure perception
  • Increased brain cells growth and connections between them
  • Increased neurons survival and resistance to damage and stress
  • Larger brain volume
  • Reduced risk of dementia
  • Lowered risk of vascular disease that leads to lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia
  • Endorphins release (well-being hormones)
  • Improved mind-body connection
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Increased proprioception and body awareness
  • Memory, visual imagery and emotion activation
  • Better emotion regulation
  • Insights emergence
  • Improved intra- and inter-hemispheric communication highways.

But how can you reach these amazing results on yourself?

Nature coaching workshop by Diana Tedoldi. Photo by www.teresacicerofotografia.it

Here is my 5-steps proven receipt, that I’ve tested with hundreds of people in my nature coaching practice and nature connection workshops.

1. Go in nature!

2. Listen mindfully to natural sounds.

3. Focus mindfully over natural perfumes.

4. Exercise in nature

5. Slow down, listen, un-do

These five steps are actionable, and I hope you can engage experimenting them starting from today.

I’m waiting for your comments below. Let me know how it feels, to unwind with nature!

Nature is the best mentor, for me, it has literally taught me how to be the happy and vital person that I am today, and I’ll be sharing with you more insights in upcoming articles.

Diana Tedoldi

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Diana Tedoldi

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Italian Nature Coach, Professional facilitator & trainer. Founder of The Nature Coaching Academy. Nature-inspired leadership, for people + planet prosperity.

Thrive Global

More than living. Thriving.

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