Full Text PDF | catastrophizing, coping, creative techniques, planning, self-awareness
According to previous studies, when people watch a video with life in nature, they become more aware of their profound Self, with immediate consequences like being significantly more relaxed and aware of their long term goals, suggesting that nature contemplation allows the access to both basic needs, and the connection between them and external resources, generating positive emotions. Thus, it helps in detaching from the stress factors and automatic functioning, and the person has the energy for creative actions. The present study reports the findings of a short experiment concerning the self-regulation mechanisms activated by a more complex exercise focused on nature. First, the participants in the experimental group were involved in a relaxation technique, by focusing on the natural functioning of Self, and in the imaginary exploration of their favorite place in nature, afterwards drawing it. The participants in the control group received no treatment. The statistical analysis showed that, at the end of the relaxation and the creative techniques, the participants in the experimental group had a significantly lower tendency to catastrophize, and a stronger focalization on planning. The results confirmed the activation of internal resources in a realistic manner.