Being diagnosed with PMDD was a huge relief because it allowed me to put a name to what I'd been dealing with emotionally, mentally and physically for many years.
I decided that I needed to find ways to help me cope with my varying symptoms and being in nature was one of them. Research reveals that environments can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working.
The stress of an unpleasant environment can cause you to feel anxious, sad, or helpless. This in turn elevates your blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension and suppresses your immune system.
A pleasing environment reverses that and for me, being in Nature is my pleasing environment. Whether its walking in the woods, smelling the sea air, gardening (although I'm not good at it 🤣), listening to birds, rain, the wind or feeling the sun on my skin - they all have an enchanting calming effect on me.
Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature is said to reduce anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.
It is said that nature helps us cope with pain. Because we are genetically programmed to find trees, plants, water, and other nature elements engrossing, we are absorbed by nature scenes and distracted from our pain and discomfort.
My mood is always improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to more calm and balanced.
Try and spend more time in nature it truly does wonders for your soul.🥰