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It’s true – the sound of nature helps us relax

Researchers at BSMS found that playing ‘natural sounds’ affected the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain. While naturalistic sounds and ‘green’ environments have frequently been linked with promoting relaxation and wellbeing, until now there has been no scientific consensus as to how these effects come about. The study has been published in Scientific Reports.
The lead author, Dr Cassandra Gould van Praag said: “We are all familiar with the feeling of relaxation and ‘switching-off’ which comes from a walk in the countryside, and now we have evidence from the brain and the body which helps us understand this effect. This has been an exciting collaboration between artists and scientists, and it has produced results which may have a real-world impact, particularly for people who are experiencing high levels of stress.In collaboration with audio visual artist Mark Ware, the team at BSMS conducted an experiment where participants listened to sounds recorded from natural and artificial environments, while their brain activity was measured in an MRI scanner, and their autonomic nervous system activity was monitored via minute changes in heart rate. The team found that activity in the default mode network of the brain (a collection of areas which are active when we are resting) was different depending on the sounds playing in the background.
When listening to natural sounds, the brain connectivity reflected an outward-directed focus of attention; when listening to artificial sounds, the brain connectivity reflected an inward-directed focus of attention, similar to states observed in anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. There was also an increase in rest-digest nervous system activity (associated with relaxation of the body) when listening to natural compared with artificial sounds, and better performance in an external attentional monitoring task.
Interestingly, the amount of change in nervous system activity was dependant on the participants’ baseline state: Individuals who showed evidence of the greatest stress before starting the experiment showed the greatest bodily relaxation when listening to natural sounds, while those who were already relaxed in the brain scanner environment showed a slight increase in stress when listening to natural compared with artificial sounds.
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Mike on Monday, March 19, 2018 5:08 AM
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This is an interesting blog for everyone. As a person, we can also say the nature helps our mind to relax from all the stress we encounter in our daily lives. Even if there are no researches, as an individual, we can have experience it already. There are a lot of different ways for a person to relax his mind and body. These researchers gathered information and did some research only to prove that nature can surely help us to relax.

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Maybe the reason why nature helps people calm down easily is because it's, well, natural. The modern world can make us stressed. There are always deadlines to catch and bills to pay. A city full of concrete is unnatural, so I think that makes our minds stressed.

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Yes, I agree! on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 5:06 AM
This is really interesting! I totally believe about the healing power of nature's sounds, it is good to know that researchers have already come up with a proof about it. A lot of people who are stressed and tired seeks a place where they can rejuvenate themselves, mostly they go nature tripping. I, myself, loves the sound of rain drops falling to the ground. I even have a playlist of nature sounds on Spotify, I play it before going to sleep or while sleeping. It is so relaxing.

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Reply to comment on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 11:06 PM
This is so true! Whenever I feel stressed and exhausted at work, one thing that I always do to relax is to go out and meditate in places such as forests or anywhere that I can hear natural sounds. The sound of water flowing from the river and the gentle breeze of the wind is very relaxing and comforting. For those who have been experiencing a lot of difficulties right now, I recommend for you to do the same because it greatly helps in making you feel better.
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