The Healing Powers of Nature: A Scientific Look at Nature and Stress Reduction

Within the past few generations, humans have spent more time modernizing habitats, and becoming more urbanized (Maller et al, 2006).  In fact, 30 years ago, researchers noted that humans had never spent such little time connecting with plants, and animals in nature (Katcher and Beck, 1987).  Connecting with natural environments is very important to the mental and physical health of human beings (Maller et al, 2006).  Let’s take a look at how spending time in nature can be beneficial.

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Sam Cooper
When Work is Only a Click Away: Managing Workplace Stress

 According to Statistics Canada’s, over one-quarter of working adults say that their lives are very stressful with 62% of them identifying work as their main source of stress (Crompton, 2015). Working 24/7 wreaks havoc on our mind, body, and spirit, leading to negative physical, mental, and behavioural issues. 

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Sam Cooper
Lettuce Eat Plants: Whole-food, Plant-based Eating for Stress Reduction

With so much information being consumed on a daily basis, it becomes difficult to assess the credibility and science (or lack thereof) behind the approaches to eating that are beneficial or actually harmful to us. So, how do you assess what works and what doesn’t? And how can you choose an approach that may actually reduce stress? Look no further than a lifestyle that embraces whole-food, plant-based eating. 

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Sam Cooper
Let the Light Shine – A Scientific Look at Light, Vitamin D, and Mood

Think back to the last time that you felt the sunshine beaming down on you. You may have closed your eyes, felt the warmth and light on your face, and took your time to soak in the moment. While it's still very important to protect your skin with sunscreen, it's also important to get enough exposure to sunlight to ensure you're getting the right amount of Vitamin D.

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Sam Cooper