In an article published by Psychology Today, Author Guy Winch PhD. opens up an important discussion on how our environment can influence our mood and behaviour in both positive or negative ways.
According to the author and research results linked to in the article:
- A 90 minute walk through nature, as opposed to city landscape, reduced rumination in the mind and brooding, as well as resulted in an increase in positive brain activity.
- Nature helps us prevent and recover from stress – in this study people were simply exposed to pictures of nature and were still able to benefit by experiencing less stress than they normally would have under normal circumstances.
- Desert landscapes can kill your motivation and make you feel helpless so it might be wiser to stick to the lush and verdant forest or flowery fields.
- Looking at images of lakes and trees restore your attention and focus, so you might want to keep pictures from your last lake shore vacation near your work desk.
- Natural environments improve can your overall mood.
To summarize, you may want to make sure you go for a walk in nature regularly to disconnect from the stress of the city.
If that isn’t a possibility for you due to your location or other constraints, keep in mind that while not as effective, you can still reap some of the benefits outlined by the research by simply looking at pictures or watching movies depicting natural landscapes.
To read the original article from Guy Winch PhD. and find links to the recent studies featured, click here to visit Psychology Today.