by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles
Anxiety relief can be encouraged with greenspace as a recent study shows. "Greenspace" as the study calls it, is NATURE. The study demonstrates that people who experience green nature frequently have lower rates of anxiety than those that live in the city.
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This is not surprising. Nature puts us in touch with the present moment and can help put our issues in perspective. Many of the people I treat comment on specific experiences with nature that remind them how small we all are in reference to the universe - an important discovery when working toward anxiety relief.
Nature also tends to have a calming effect and studies have been done that suggest just having some house plants can do wonders for your mood and overall mental and physical health.
So if "greenspace" can help you on your path towards more anxiety relief, why not take action? If nature isn't outside your door, then plan on taking regular drives to "greenspace". And, of course, there is no excuse for not investing in some simple houseplants.
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