Located at Macquarie University campus, this Stress Regulator Trail has been designed to target mental restoration and repair. It takes students and staff through six rejuvenation stations aimed at increasing positive mood, emotional regulation, attention restoration and support greater resilience to anxiety and stress.
A body of research too large to ignore is confirming what we have all known for a long time; nature has a profound effect on our resilience and wellbeing. However, the types of activities we do in nature matter more than the amount of time spent. The latest science shows that the more meaningful the engagement is the more profound the health benefits.
The campus Go Slow for a Mo’ Nature Wellness Trail is designed to help individuals spend more meaningful moments in nature to better refresh mood, energy and focus. Drawing on the latest scientific knowledge to create short slow moments for big health impacts!
The Tree and Me: This mimicry exercise is used to trigger mirror neurons to increase empathy and compassion, and creates a stronger connection between the person and place.
Students showed a significant increase in pre-post trail completion for:
This includes significant increases in specific states for ‘Relaxed’, ‘Awe’, ‘Alert’, and ‘Awake’. These states have a strong association with depression and anxiety.
The Connective and research team at Macquarie University continue to build on this work with staff and students. Our next research program is scheduled for second semester with up to 100 students expected to participate.
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