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Caring for the Caregiver: Nature is Calling

Attention all professional and volunteer care givers out there. We see you. Juggling emails, texts, appointments (not your own of course) and that cafeteria hot dog all while dreaming of a nap. Your brain and body are on overload and its taking a toll.

It’s time to hit that reset button. Research has shown that the prefrontal cortex of the brain is stressed with the constant demands of a hectic and or digital lifestyle. This leads to a decrease in focus, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving.

Neuroscientists have found that a state of “soft fascination” allows the prefrontal cortex to relax and reverse these negative effects. Soft fascination occurs when you engage in activities often associated with nature such as taking a short walk in the woods, sitting by the beach or watching a magnificent sunset. This explains why some of your best ideas come to you during vacation and then seem to dissipate once you enter back into that normal routine.

Where to begin? Pick a day of the week, a short block of time, and your nature spot. Make sure it’s away from your day-to-day stress. Pretty soon, you’ll wonder how you got along without it. These sources will help you get started:

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