Top model Karmen Pedaru is styled by Morgan Pilcher in ‘Cool To Be Kind’ — as in how to be kind to yourself and your body by connecting with nature. Photographer Alexandra Nataf captures the rough elegance fashion story for Porter Magazine #32 Summer 2019. (See the entire editorial on AnneofCarversville.com)
New research just published in the Frontiers in Psychology confirms what we all know but don’t want to face in our modern, technology-driven lives. Taking at least 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels.
“For the first time” ever, researchers have conducted a study on the most effective dose of an urban nature experience to counteract the effects of modern stress. That stress kills over time with high-cortisol levels that promote inflammation in the body with a corrosive, degenerative effective on key organs and psychological wellbeing.
For the record, I understand well the problem of high cortisol levels -- long gone from my life through multiple wellness practices. Reading this research, my thoughts turned to jewelry -- not only as decoration and adornment -- but as a form of wellness.
I'm not speaking of healing crystals and mood-changing stones, but more of jewelry as totems.
We know that the placebo effect is very real: believing that a pill is medically effective in treating an illness does exactly that -- even as a sugar pill. This reality underscores the self-healing power of the human body.
Will wearing GlamTribal's woolly mammoth jewelry -- made of bones 10,000-100,000 years old -- make us more aware of the plight of our elephants? Does the jewelry anchor us more deeply in nature and the human experience?
Logic tells me that it could, but that question just moved higher on my research list, as we seek to stay close to nature in the techno age.
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