Taking in a bit of natural scenery will do you more good than you’d imagine.

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Gower Peninsula, South Wales

It doesn’t have to mean a trek over Dartmoor – just taking a walk in the park has the same effect.

Exponents of ecopsychology, the study of the relationship between the natural world and mental health, have long claimed that even subtle interactions with nature can provide a range of benefits, from lifting your mood to decreasing stress.

Remember the daisy chains you used to make  as a child?

Well, I taught my (then) 4-year-old daughter to make them last summer, and re-discovered an age-old pleasure. And inspired by a postcard I’d seen in Cultura, we made daisy pictures:

Daisy heart by Lorraine and Léa

Daisy heart by Lorraine and Léa

Daisy faces by Lorraine and Léa

Daisy faces by Lorraine and Léa

And it was most enjoyable and, yes, relaxing, destressing, however you want to call it.

Let me see YOUR daisy pictures.

A study at the University of Washington found that just looking out of the window on to lovely scenery could lower the heart rate, even when you’re under stress.

So no excuse even for you town and city dwellers, get down to the nearest park, admire the flowers and go hug a tree!

Lake Monowai, Fiordland, New Zealand

Lake Monowai, Fiordland, New Zealand

Gower Penisula, South Wales

Gower Penisula, South Wales

If gazing at beautiful scenery is destressing, I’m guessing looking at beautiful photos can be too. Check out my brother  Steven’s flikr page by clicking here for some beautiful shots from around the UK, but mostly of wonderful North Wales.

And don’t forget your daisy pictures!

If you’re still needing to destress, consider booking a relaxing massage.

You can contact me at Just Massage for a home massage appointment in and around the Mérignac and Pessac area (near Bordeaux, France) on:

06.47.14.06.03

justmassage33@gmail.com

 

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