Nature’s Contributions to Stress Recovery and Perceived Attention Restoration

Çiğdem Demir Çelebi, Büşra Şirin Ayva

Abstract


Nature and nature images are known for their regenerative properties after stress and disintegration. When the related researches are examined, it is seen that nature has cognitive, emotional, and psycho-physiological effects on stress and attention. However, no research on attention restoration has documented in the participants’ own words how they perceive nature as restorative and related their observations to theories of attention restoration and stress relief. This qualitative study in Turkey investigated the healing power of nature in recovery from stress and in attention restoration. The participants were 16 young adults from Marmara University, recruited by sampling through academic networks. Their comments could be classified under six themes that express the nature's contribution to stress recovery and to the perception of attention restoration. Findings showed that most of the participants preferred to be in the nature due to stressful and careful tiredness. 


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