Green surroundings reduce stress and anxiety, says a study

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 10, 2018
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  • A neighbourhood full of greenery keeps people away from depression, anxiety and stress
  • People lived in a green surrounding like shrubs, trees and birds have a sound mental health
  • Watching birds makes people feel relaxed and connected to nature

A group of researchers from Briton find out that living a neighbourhood full of greenery, shrubs and birds keep people away from depression, anxiety and stress. 

In a study, involving hundreds of people, the Briton researchers found the benefits of living in a green surrounding along with various flora and fauna. Whether it is urban or rural side, people lived in a green surrounding like shrubs, trees and birds have a sound mental health.


The study surveyed mental well being of more than 270 people from different ages, incomes and ethnicities and found that those who spent less time out of doors, in the green surroundings than usual in the previous week were more likely to report they were anxious or depressed. 

The findings, published in journal Bioscience, after conducting extensive surveys of the number of birds in the morning and afternoon in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, indicated lower levels of depression, anxiety and stress were associated with the number of birds people could see in the afternoon. 

The academics studied afternoon bird numbers - which tend to be lower than birds generally seen in the morning - because are more in keeping with the number of birds that people are likely to see in their neighbourhood on a daily basis.

In the study, various common types of birds including robins, blue tits, blackbirds, and crows were seen in the neighbourhood. 

"This study starts to unpick the role that some key components of nature play for our mental well-being," said lead researcher of the group, Dr Daniel Cox, from the University of Exeter in the UK. 

"Birds around the home and nature in general, show great promise in preventative healthcare, making cities healthier, happier places to live. Watching birds makes people feel relaxed and connected to nature," the researcher concluded.

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