As I was reading about stress relief activities today I came across one suggestion I thought I would try. Listening to the sounds of nature. In my reading, I found that listening to nature can induce relaxation, reduce negative feelings, and increase pleasant feelings. One site it was said listening to the sounds of nature can decrease blood pressure and heart rate, lessen muscle tension, and also decrease the production of stress hormones. So with that in mind, I am going to listen to the sounds of nature.
“It was the people who listened to the nature sounds that had the lowest levels of cortisol. This means that listening to music during stress may not actually decrease stress. However, listening to nature sounds might do the trick.” Sharon L. Jewell
I could take a walk but in my neighborhood, the sounds of the burbs would overshadow the sounds of nature. I decided to turn to YouTube to find videos that will help me enter the world of nature. I will play them over a period of time with my eyes closed and pretend I am in a lovely forest. Ok, let’s go.
I will set my timer for 15 minutes and see how I feel afterward.