According to a new study recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, spending time outdoors could positively affect an individual’s response to stress and anxiety. OEM Physician Dr. Eli J. Hurowitz highlights the study:
They say nature is the best medicine. This time the people who are saying this age-old message of motivation are actually doctors and they’ve conducted the research necessary to back up their claims. According to the recent study, researchers uncovered that enjoying time in nature up to four times per week can reduce the odds of an individual utilizing mental health medications, by a whopping 33%. Dr. Eli J. Hurowitz is particularly fascinated by this particular finding, as it offers a genuine natural and alternative care option to psychiatric medications. However, the OEM is a fierce advocate for the notion that each and every individual is just that: an individual. Meaning, treatment plans vary in efficacy from person to person. While nature may be a fantastic and energizing antidote, Dr. Hurowitz fully acknowledges that spending time outdoors is not an effective option for all illnesses, ailments and conditions. Please apply this information in combination with the advice of your own primary care physician.
The study on nature as a treatment regimen for stress and anxiety also uncovered that spending time in green locations (such as fields lush with green grass, forests and gardens) and blue locations (bodies of water), can likely impact the use of blood pressure pills by a whopping 36% and asthma medications by 26%. Dr. Eli Hurowitz is excited to discover and share the findings of this study, which is expected to produce more encouraging results in the near future.