According to research, interacting with nature improves your ability to concentrate and helps restore the mind from mental fatigue. It also encourages learning, inquisitiveness and alertness. It promotes imagination, creativity, cognitive and intellectual development even in children. It can rejuvenate the brain boosting levels of attention.
Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:
Cognitive Abilities are brain-based skills we need to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex. They have more to do with the mechanisms of how we learn, remember, problem-solve, and pay attention rather than with any actual knowledge.
The term brain fitness (the capacity of a person to meet the various cognitive demands of life) reflects a hypothesis that cognitive abilities can be maintained or improved by exercising the brain, similarity to the way physical fitness is improved by exercising the body.
Studies on how Regular Nature Walks can Improve Your Cognitive Abilities
– Researcher Marc Berman and colleagues report that interacting with nature improves cognitive function of people and helps them concentrate on a task. Their team found that there was 16 percent improvement in the cognitive and memory test when the participants walked in a park than a busy street.
– Scientists have found that aromas can profoundly affect people’s cognitive abilities.
– According to studies the experience of nature helps to restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, contributing to improved work performance
– Research shows that urban nature, when provided as parks and walkways and incorporated into building design, provides calming and inspiring environments and encourages learning, inquisitiveness, and alertness.
– Studies confirm that contact with nature helps children to develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral connections to their nearby social and biophysical environments. Nature experiences are important for encouraging imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development, and social relationships.
– New research suggests nature walks are good for your brain. A bevy of studies have added to a growing literature on the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors. That includes recent research showing that short micro-breaks spent looking at a nature scene have a rejuvenating effect on the brain — boosting levels of attention — and also that kids who attend schools featuring more greenery fare better on cognitive tests.
When I re-walk the paths behind my house, I am always seeing something new, even after 14 years. It"s very stimulating, if you just take the time to look.