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Nature & Play
In this assignment, you will research the relevancy of the benefits of being in nature or integrating play into your life as well as explain how you can apply the research/information you find to your own life personally or professionally (Professionally can be school, an internship or a job, personally can be inter/intrapersonal relationships).
Find one academic study via the library (ASU has one of the top research libraries in the world). There is a folder located below module 6 with academic journal suggestions for different topics that you can look through.
You will write a brief literature review for the study chosen including the following components:
Identify the findings and provide a brief overview of the study (In your own words). 1pt
Personal evaluation/thoughts on the study and explain how you can apply the information to your own life personally or professionally for self-care. 1pt
APA citation of the study. .5pt
Find one reliable website or Ted Talk that is correlated to the topic discussed. Reliable websites generally end in .org/.edu/.gov.
Once you have identified a reliable website/Ted Talk you will:
Briefly highlight what the website/Ted Talk covers and your personal thoughts regarding the information. 1pt
Link to the website/Ted Talk .5pt
There are a total of three questions with each question being a minimum of a paragraph (6 -10 complete sentences). Therefore, each submission should have the following criteria:
Two to three pages in length (3 full paragraphs minimum)
12 New Times Roman Font
Cited in APA style (There does not need to be a cover or title page)
Please see the example attached
Requirements: please see instructions | .doc file
Relevancy and Research Application Example Findings and Study Information Mindfulness training can lower both anxiety and stress in college students. A study conducted with college students (random genders and ages) at the University of Pennsylvania wanted to determine the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation in reducing anxiety/negative mental being as well as stress (They looked at heart rate variability – meaning the ability to quickly calm your heart rate once it goes into a stress response). The study was set up with three groups of students. • Group one would attend a mindfulness intervention (mindful meditation training) once a week for an hour for four weeks. • Group two would interact with a therapy dog in-between study sessions for an hour each week for four weeks. • Group three – nothing. What was discovered was that the meditation group (Group 1) and the group that worked with the therapy dogs (Group 2) both showed reduced amounts of anxiety/negative mental being. But, it was only the meditation group (Group 1) that showed a decrease in being able to actually calm the stress response once stressed (They were able to drop their heart rate back very quickly). The group that did nothing (Group 3) did not see any changes in either anxiety or stress. Personal Evaluation/Thoughts and Application This study reinforces the importance of being able to pay attention to what your body is telling you so that you can control it and is a perfect example of how mindfulness can be beneficial. I found it really interesting that both meditation and animal therapy helped decrease
anxiety but that only meditation trained the brain to quickly self-regulate. It has definitely made me more open to the how mindfulness and meditation can help me as a college student both physically and psychologically. It also showed me the importance of the human-animal bond. Even though the therapy dogs didn’t decrease the stress response, they still helped with anxiety/mental well-being which makes a lot of sense to me because I feel like my dog is one of my best support systems. As for meditation, I can use it as a preventative tool to help me self-regulate when life gets messy which would benefit both my personal and professional life. Overall, I found this study to be incredibly enlightening and another motivator to really integrate meditative practices into my life. APA Citation: Shearer, A., Hunt, M., Chowdhury, M., & Nicol, L. (2016). Effects of a brief mindfulness meditation intervention on student stress and heart rate variability. International Journal of Stress Management, 23(2), 232-254. doi:10.1037/a0039814 5 Science-Backed Reasons Mindfulness Meditation Is Good for Your Health I found this article by Jill Suttee that talked about five science-based benefits of mindful meditation. They included heart health, decreases in cognitive decline in aging and Alzheimer’s, an improved immune response, reduction in cell aging and reduction in psychological pain. I found this fascinating in that each topic the author wrote about had academic studies that supported these benefits. It shows me that such a simple activity integrated into my life can have such positive effects both physically and psychologically. It made sense to me that meditative activities can increase our immune response because of what we have learned so far in this class and how when we are in parasympathetic, our immune system is active but when we are in sympathetic, our immune system is put on the backburner. I also want to share this with my
family since my grandfather is currently suffering from age related dementia and this may be something that we introduce to him that can help. https://www.mindful.org/five-ways-mindfulness-meditation-is-good-for-your-health/