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Time spent in the countryside or on a beach is better for your brain than trips to city gardens or parks, a new study has found.
Researchers say that those visiting rural and coastal locations are more psychologically content than those taking a trip to an urban green space.
Visits - Areas - Status - Parks - Results
It was also found that visits to natural areas of protected or designated status like national parks results in improved mental wellbeing.
Asking participants to describe their visits and overall experience, the team found that trips to nature were linked to greater feelings of relaxation and refreshment.
Visits - Locations - Sites - Connections - World
This was especially true of visits to rural or coastal locations, and to protected sites, which were also linked to stronger emotional connections to the natural world.
Visits longer than 30 minutes were associated with a better connection and so had greater psychological benefits.
Study - Researchers - University - Surrey - University
The study, from researchers at the University of Surrey, University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and natural England, surveyed 4,500 people as they spent time in nature.
The team investigated for the first time how different environmental settings and their quality impacts psychological wellbeing.
Author - Paper - Dr - Kayleigh - Wyles
Lead author of the paper Dr Kayleigh Wyles, from the University of Surrey, said: 'We've demonstrated for some time that nature can be beneficial to...
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