Stress & Nature: How Getting Outside Impacts Your Mental Health

Findings from a new study could see doctors prescribe patients with a ‘nature pill’ to reduce stress – and we’re all about it.

The study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, measured participant’s stress response to nature revealing that just 20 minutes of contact with nature will lower stress hormone levels. It’s the first research of its kind to establish an effective dose of an urban nature experience, allowing doctors and other healthcare practitioners to be able to prescribe time spent outside – or ‘nature pills’ – on an evidentiary basis.

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Take a moment to enjoy the added bonuses that come with working remotely

When it comes to working from home, generally there are two camps: one who gets more done and one who gets less. The former finds the home environment more productive while the latter a distracting disaster. By now you’ve probably figured out which camp you fall into (and no judgement by the way if you’re camp two!).

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Did your emergency quarantine snack supply *disappear* by day three? Do you find yourself heeding to the siren call of the fridge more often than normal? Or perhaps your scheduled walks in the garden have transitioned to regular strolls to the pantry?

Why you need to boycott the word “should” right now

Have you been working out every day at home and not overindulging in beige food (and wine…)? Good for you.  But if you haven’t that’s ok too.

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You’re washing your hands 10 times a day and have stopped touching your face. You may even be house-bound. But, what else can you do to improve your health?

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Tackling stress with your diet

First let’s just define what we mean by stress. Stress is quite an all-encompassing term which could mean physical or mental stress, which is seen as positive or negative.

In this instance, we are referring to mental stress, which is having a negative impact on your life.

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I opened my social media at the turn of the new year, to a very interested new years phenomenon. It might be my age and stage (mid-30s, working mum-of-two), but many of my friend group were posting rather intriguing new year resolutions.

It wasn’t the typical onslaught of weight-loss, get fit, travel more, let go of people or things who weigh you down, or get a new job goals.

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Vegan diets & potential deficiencies

Lately there has been a jump in the interest for plant-based diets. Only five short years ago around 4% of people in the United States and Britain stated that they were vegan or vegetarian. Recent research conducted in 2019 suggests that 25% of US and British people under the age of 35 are self-identifying as either vegan or vegetarian. That is a massive upshift for the plant-based community. Amazingly, in many European countries such as Germany, half the population identify as eating low or no meat.

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Is Ashwagandha nature’s anti-anxiety?

My dad is pretty old school. Picture a guy who grew up on a farm, and became an accountant, now approaching his mid-70s…that’s my dad. He sees anxiety or stress as momentary, temporary events, typically work related. Nothing to get too worked up about. The other day we were noting the rise in anti-anxiety medication, and I was surprised at how interested he was in discussing the reasons why this might be happening.

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9 exercise motivation tips if you’re stuck in a fitness rut

If working out was easy we’d all have rock hard abs. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality. We know the benefits of moving our body each day but often it drops to the bottom of the to-do list. But no stress – if you still haven’t hit the pavement yet this year, don’t worry you’re not alone. Consult our expert tips for reigniting that motivation.

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