A Chronic Voice blog site has monthly get togethers for anyone with a chronic illness. Each month there are writing prompts. This is my first stab at the exercise. For September our prompts are: Reconnecting, Confessing, Romanticizing, Relaxing,and Sharing. These are my responses. This September I am Reconnecting with why I started to blog in […]
Trees Make You Happy
Trees make you live longer
Trees Mend Us: The Unexpected Health Benefits of Trees
How Trees Saved Me: My Move From City to Country
Two years ago I did not know I had a chronic disease. It turned out that I had several. Systemic Lupus, Raynaud’s, and Sjogrens are my new chronic disease family. Two years ago I lived in the City of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. This a city between Toronto and Hamilton. Burlington was home for my two […]
Your Trees, Your Health
Go outside and be with the trees. Feel your heart lift and your breathing slow. Your parasympathetic nervous system (the rest and digest one) resets you for calm. Your heart rate slows and your blood pressure lowers. Your worries fall away. Breathe in the health shield in the tree aerosols that float from the tree canopy.
“all good things are wild and free” (Thoreau)
Get Your Own Tree Air Action Plan
Health boosting tree aerosols reach you wherever you are. Researchers are increasingly treating exposure to trees like we now treat drugs. Time spent close to trees (dose) shows large health benefits (response). Exactly how much time (dose) near trees is required to get the health benefits? Your Tree Air Action Plan shows dosages of tree […]
Are you aging, do you have a chronic illness, or do you want to prevent disease? My name is Verla. I am a happily aging 65 year old with a chronic disease (Systemic Lupus) and an RN with a Master's in Health Science. Here in these blog posts, I share with you new science and the ways I use this science to make me happier, healthier, feel younger, and richer! These science backed ways are always free, easy, and fun ...just not well known outside of the science/research community. So come along. Let's feel good, and even awesome together -- starting now.
Researchers at University of Berkley studied “Awe” in response to nature. Five studies combined showed that awe, “an emotional response to something that transcends our frame of reference” has immediate health benefits. Awe makes us feel more generous, more humble, happier and healthier. Awe also sharpens our thinking. The same researchers also say that to […]
Although walking outside close to trees (green exercise) in general is known to lift your mood, walking for dog owners is even more fun. These “significant others” provide even more outside health benefits for owners. A research team of epidemiologists, vets, and psychologists at University of Liverpool UK, show us that the dog walk makes […]