Joanne Sotelo, psychiatrist on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Round Rock, USA, states in a recent article on “how nature can improve your mental health” that urban residence is associated with a higher risk of some psychiatric disorders.

She says that, although this finding is multifactorial, there is increasing evidence that the level of exposure to natural environment impacts your mental health.

She recommends a number of down to earth ways to take advantage of the green spaces around us for improved quality of life and emotional wellbeing.

These include:

  • Seek out green spaces close to you
  • Mediate in green spaces
  • Take more breaks outside
  • Keep windows and views to nature open
  • Advocate for green spaces
  • Keep plants on your desk
  • Put your phone down and go outside
  • Take a 10 minute walk.

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