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Hiking in Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts

While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, science is now discovering that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better!


I believe that all sorts of activity in nature will give the same positive result – like in the picture above, it´s winter, and I am riding the stallion Yksen. That´s pure happiness! Yes, I am alway happy when I am somehow “out there” in nature, even cross country skiing – although I’m not particularly clever at it.

On the contrary, I’m a bad ass! Yep, I am really a pain to watch, but I don´t care – I´m not watching, you see, I´m just happy on my old skies, by that having the biggest smile of all in the slopes. It´s the nature, and being active in it; using my body and relaxing my brain – that makes me happy.

I think that a lot of people have forgotten the fact that also humans belong to the Mother Nature, so of course we´ll be happy together with her! We´re home! And of course we will be quite unhappy, the more distance we build to our nature and our natural self!

Sometimes however, we need a reminder, and this article is just that! 

Hiking in Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts! Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of the moment at best and leads us down a path to depression and anxiety at worst.

But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending time in nature decreases these obsessive, negative thoughts by a significant margin.

To conduct this study, researchers compared the reported rumination of participants who hiked through either an urban or a natural environment. They found that those who walked for 90 minutes in a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and they also had reduced neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain related to mental illness. Those who walked through the urban environment, however, did not report decreased rumination. Read the whole article here at CE Collective Evolution.


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