Friday, January 27, 2023

The Preventive Power of Nature, Physical and Emotional Health

Madrid.-Noemi Romero Vera.- As the new year approaches, many people make a list of goals to prioritize and optimize their physical and mental health. Increase connection with nature, either by growing plants or doing physical activities outside.

asome experts Consider To connect with nature and live a more sustainable lifestyle ,can have curative and preventive power for the physical and emotional health of people and the health of the planet,Therefore, integrating solutions such as green space or improving environmental education into the urban environment ,It’s important to protect it.”

According to the United Nations, each tree can absorb up to 150 kg. Carbon dioxide (CO 2, per year, in addition to And The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, show that the tree They can reduce the temperature between 2 to 8 degrees in a cityand improve water management by capturing it, storing it, and returning it to the atmosphere.

Aleto the company international sanitas, ensures in a document that “trees in urban areas reduce the likelihood of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases related to pollution and exposure to ultraviolet light by filtering it.”

Besides, According to the health insurance company, trees “They will have a positive effect on people’s quality of sleep, due to their ability to purify the air, and caring for plants will help reduce anxiety and stress levels.”

Although, experts prefer Deputy Director of the Institute of Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP) of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Miguel Mullet, expresses doubt about these benefits and He assures that plants are not medicinal pills and that “caring for them may serve as therapy for some, but not for others.”

overcast he claims Furthermore, given the minimal amount of oxygen in a room, it is questionable to link plant air quality to its effect on sleep. ,with less sunlight and less photosynthesis, able to produce.

Benefits of green spaces and environmental education

sin ban, sanitas psychologist, Raquel Velasco Del Castillo Among other benefits of green spaces, he highlights “opportunities for contact and social connection with the community, avoidance of isolation and reduced levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, lowering blood pressure”.

Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Environmental Education at the University of Malaga, john jesus martin, He affirms that “even though we have built our own asphalt paradise of comfort in the cities, we need nature because we are part of it.”

Martin thus stresses the importance of a good environmental education in green spaces, and ensures that “educational centers and institutions should promote reconnecting with nature, so that people can change their behavior towards the environment in a conscious way”. improve from”

in the same episode velasco del castillo He assured that it would help generate more emotional links to cities by “learning about areas of vegetation through natural routes or physical activities in them”.

connection with nature

Professor of Environmental Psychology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, jose antonio corraliza, he claims That connection with nature comes from two hypotheses, “that of biophilia, and that of psychological restoration.”

The first has to do with the sense of comfort that nature produces in man to develop in contact with it; Second, how is it able to reduce fatigue From I attendedfrom there Derived from the information overload of cities.

Biophilia is derived from phytophilia, the preference for an environment with vegetation (green space) and hydrophilia, the preference for places where there is water (blue space), both related to a more automatic response to stress when considering these elements. reduces

sustainable lifestyle

Corraliza affirms that “a more sustainable lifestyle can help us get better psychologically” and stresses that lasting change in pro-environmental behavior is more likely to result from appreciation of the environment than fear of losing it. , because “when people are positively reinforced it leads to more behavior change, and develops effective sustainability behaviors.”

The psychologist concludes that “the nervous system remembers that environmental stimulus”, and that “green space in urban planning can be an opportunity to break the routine of our daily lives”. EFEverde

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