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Nature as Stress Relief
Nature play, or time spent in nature, boasts many benefits. One study of school children in Colorado and Maryland showed that access to natural areas — for elementary and high school students — is associated with reduced stress, increased focus and competence, and the ability to form supportive social groups. Time spent outdoors also:
- Gets kids moving (exercise is also associated with decreased stress and anxiety),
- Promotes creativity
- Increases confidence as kids learn to push their own boundaries and take healthy risks
- And gives them time to think.
While watching a group of ants might feel exceptionally boring to an adult with a long worry list in mind, time spent observing their natural environments does give kids a much-needed break.
Read more by clicking on the link below.
The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique
Benefits of deep breathing include:
- decreased fatigue
- reduced anxiety
- reduced symptoms of asthma in children and adolescents
- better stress management
- reduced hypertension
- reduced aggressive behavior in adolescent males
- improved migraine symptoms
Read more here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324417
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