In Loving Memory of My Baby Girl - Abigail Elizabeth Layton
I share this article today with great pain in my heart, in fact, this pain is so great that I am unable to articulate it in words.
I don't believe that it is possible to truly understand this type of pain unless you experience it.
I feel like I can personally take on just about anything in regards to myself, but when you get the tragic news that your youngest daughter was just killed in a car accident, your entire world gets turned upside down in the matter of a few seconds.
The day started like most other days. I went to work in my office, checking and responding to emails, and I had a few meetings scheduled. Abby went to school, just like any other Wednesday, but this one was different.
On her ride home from school with her boyfriend there was an accident on the highway. She was ejected from the vehicle and didn't survive the crash. She unfortunately was not wearing her seat belt, but her boyfriend was, and he survived the crash.
You might be wondering why I am sharing something so deeply personal with you?
I believe based on what I know that if Abby was wearing her seat belt, she would most likely be here today.
I don't want another young person to lose their life over not wearing a seat belt, so I am on a mission to raise awareness about the importance and potentially life saving benefit of always wearing your seat belt while driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle.
I have been through many challenging and painful events in my life, but losing Abby is the type of pain that words cannot describe.
I hope that I can find a way in the future to use Abby's horrible tragedy to help others. For now, I know that I just need to start this journey by trying to save other young people by raising awareness about the importance of always wearing a seat belt.
I will continue to write as I navigate my way through the grieving process because I want to keep Abby's memory alive and share what a wonderfully unique, talented, and special young lady she was. Her life was just getting started. Losing her at only 21 years old is nothing short of heartbreaking.
Both Abby and I share I deep love and appreciation for nature. I found my love for nature and wildlife as a very young boy and Abby discovered her love for nature as a teenager. I believe I planted the love of nature in Abby because I took her on many hikes and outdoor adventures throughout her childhood. Some of my most cherished photos of Abby are of us hiking and being in the outdoors.
She also loved animals, especially cats and dogs. She loved them so much, she could never have just one.
In her memory, I am creating Free NatureArtRx 4K videos that are specifically designed to use the healing powers of nature to lower your stress, help you relax, and even help you sleep better.
I am struggling with stress, anxiety, and loss of sleep right now so I am trying to use my pain and suffering in a positive way by creating these new videos in Abby's honor.
HEALING POWERS OF NATURE
Scientists and medical researchers have confirmed the healing power of nature in over fifty years of clinical and medical-based research. We don't need doctors and researchers to tell us what we already know. Nature has an amazing positive range of impacts on our mind and bodies and it is smart to connect with nature in any way that you can every day.
Connecting with and being in nature has been proven to be beneficial for both human cognitive functioning and emotional wellbeing at all stages of life (Zaradic & Pergams, 2007) and we know that exposure to nature in any form increases intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical development. (Kellert, 2005)
Researchers have also discovered that nature sounds change the connections in our brains, taking down the body’s fight-or-flight response. The nervous system prepares to fight or flee a threatening situation by releasing the hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These stress hormones make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep.
Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in England have determined that nature’s sounds, in contrast to artificial noise, build up the “rest-digest” response instead. This opposite response to “fight-or-flight” helps the body relax and fall to sleep.
This research study, published in Scientific Reports, is noteworthy for the use of heart-rate monitors, functional magnetic resonance imaging scans (fMRI) and social experiments to determine why the body reacts so positively to natural environments.
I suggest practicing slow and deep breathing to help relieve stress and emotional anxiety. Deep breathing is also known to relieve pain, improve your mood, improve focus, increase energy, and even improve your heart function.
Start with one minute deep breathing exercises and build up over time. I honestly believe if you do this simple task, you will start receiving the positive benefits immediately.
You can cast the video to your television in full 4K or watch on your larger desktop computer screen to get a deeper and more immersive experience connecting sight and sound together.
By combining the therapeutic sounds of the rain falling with the ultra high definition video of the rain falling on the river, we are sending audio and visual queues to your mind and body to help you relax.
BENEFITS OF NATURE
Supports creativity and problem solving (Kellert, 2005) Enhances cognitive skills (Wells, 2000)
Reduces symptoms of the Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) (Kuo & Taylor, 2004)
Improves academic performance (Cooper, 2015)
Improves social relations (Burdette & Whitaker, 2005)
Improves self-discipline, Peace, self-control (Taylor, Kuo, & Sullivan, 2001)
Increases physical activity (Bell & Dyment, 2008)
Improves awareness and caution about nutrition (Koch, Waliczek, & Zajicek, 2006)
Encourage healthy behavior (Bell & Dyment, 2008)
Improves eyesight (less myopia, nearsightedness) (Rose, et al., 2008)
Reduces stress (Wells & Evans, 2003)
Keywords: Calming, Deep Sleep, Meditation, Nature, Nature Therapy, Ocean, Relaxation, Sleep, Sounds of Nature, Water, Waves
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