Recharging Your Brain’s Batteries
Like the rest of our body, our brains can become overwhelmed and run out of the energy required to stay focused and alert. “Brain fatigue”, as it’s commonly known, can significantly reduce our outer awareness and response to tasks. The good news is that even a small change like taking a few minutes to step away from the noise and hectic movement of the city lifestyle and into the calm of nature can be beneficial to reducing the amount of brain fatigue experienced throughout the day.
Our brains can become overwhelmed and run out of the energy required to stay focused and alert.
Using portable EEG machines, researchers from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh monitored brain wave activity while asking their participants to walk through three separate areas — a historic area with less traffic, a park-like setting, and a busy commercial area — so that they could look for brain activity patterns. What they discovered was that participants’ minds were quieter during a walk through the park than through urban areas. Although participants were still very much mentally engaged while walking through the park, the process was considered effortless in comparison to a stroll through a busy urban setting. Next time you find yourself struggling to stay alert, consider taking a break to venture in nature, it can do a world of difference!