Being in green spaces helps us to feel calmer and less anxious which is good for our mental health and sense of wellbeing. According to an NHS report,  people who spend at least two hours per week in nature  are shown to have better general health and higher psychological wellbeing than those who don’t visit nature at all.  Being amongst nature is truly therapeutic – but why?

Although there is much more research needed, specialists are finding how different  wavelengths of colour light  affect our central nervous system  in different ways to induce  these moods and emotions. In green spaces, we are bathed in nature’s backdrop canopy of  plants and vegetation which is predominantly the ‘living colour’ green of nature’s pigment chlorophyll. Greens have shorter wavelengths  which modulates the hypothalamus in the brain to secrete hormones such as oxytocin. This hormone activates the parasympathetic nerves which travel all over the body and is responsible for putting us in to beautiful relaxed states by slowing down our heart rate..




Just to add that red has a longer wavelength and activates the sympathetic nerves responsible for our ‘fight or flight’ impulse. Red put us into a state of alertness and increases our heart rate making us ready for action.