Park visit could make you happier

Shenzhen Bay Park

Long have I been caged, now I return to nature. — Tao Yuanming

People often feel tired and anxious due to work and life pressure in this fast-paced era. Now, we have a “nature pill” approach can significantly enhance mental health.
Recently research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that spending just 20 minutes in a park can improve emotional well-being and reduce stress, regardless of physical activity during the visit.Additionally, another study published in Frontiers in Psychology supports these findings, emphasizing that the optimal stress-reducing benefits are achieved by spending 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a natural setting .

How can we make full use of “the 20-minute park effect”, here are some practical tips for urban parks:

  1. Schedule Regular Visits: Aim to spend at least 20-30 minutes in a park several times a week. Consistency is key to reaping the stress-relieving benefits of nature
  2. Unplug from Technology: Use this time to disconnect from your phone and other electronic devices, fully immerse yourself in the natural environment and be present in the moment
  3. Engage Your Senses: Take the time to observe your surroundings. Listen to the birds, feel the breeze, and notice the different plants and flowers. Engaging your senses can enhance the relaxing effects of nature
  4. Bring a Friend: Visiting a park with a friend or family member can enhance your experience and provide social interaction, which is also beneficial for mental health

Safety always be the first, pay attention to extreme weather in the most dynamic weather spring before setting off.

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