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Blutwölfin
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 09:18 AM
The sight of the sea is the quickest and most effective way to reduce high stress levels for many people, a survey has found.

A poll of 2,000 adults by Hoegaarden found daily stress is a problem for 30% of the population.

However, 84% said being in contact with the natural elements made them feel more relaxed instantly.

Other popular stress busters included a walk in the park, the smell of cut grass and the sound of birds singing.

The most often cited causes of stress included the morning commute (13%), work itself (32%) and simply getting up (14%).

Just 19% of those who live or work in rural locations say they feel stressed on a daily basis.

On average city dwellers can expect to spend 73 days without more than five minutes of silence at a time, whilst those who live in rural areas go only 14-21 days.

Almost a quarter (22%) of all Londoners have not experienced silence for over six months.

And they are almost as likely to have seen a mouse or rat in the last month (22%) as they are a sheep (28%) or cow (28%).

Christine Webber, who worked on the report, said the fact that people in urban areas seldom interacted with the natural environment had led to rising stress levels.

She said that with little time off people were missing out on both the physical benefits and psychological benefits of the great outdoors.

Lots of overtime

TUC figures published earlier this year showed that the average UK employee does almost an extra day's work a week in overtime.

Dr George Fieldman, a cognitive therapist and evolutionary psychologist based in High Wycombe, told the BBC News website it was possible that communing with nature helped to relieve stress by repeating the long-engrained behaviours of our distant ancestors.

"I have a theory that people derive comfort from staring endlessly at the television because there is a parallel to the way our ancestors used to stare at a flickering flame, and get confidence from the fact that it might repel potential predators," he said.

However, Dr Fieldman said it was diffcult to separate out the psychological benefits of taking a walk in the park or by the sea from the well known physiological benefits derived from taking exercise.

POPULAR STRESS BUSTERS
A sea view: 42%
A walk in the park: 33%
Hearing bird song: 14%
The smell of cut grass: 10%


Source: BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4695711.stm)

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Oh, I miss the sea...! I fully support the thesis, that the sea is calming down and has a relaxing influence. I remember "the old days" when I was standing at the shore while a strong wind was blowing. This was so beautiful, that I can't put it into words.

It's simply horrible to live in the city. I once thought it would be great, I wanted to leave the small village, wanted to see the whole wide world, the power of a large city, I believed in the spirit of these large cities, but in fact there's none. There's just stress and noise and dirt and a loss of personality, culture and independence. All people are synchronised, repeating their numb behaviour over and over again. Consumption is their new god.

Vanir
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 04:07 PM
I cannot be away from the Sea.

Sigel
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 05:03 PM
Oh, I miss the sea...! I fully support the thesis, that the sea is calming down and has a relaxing influence. I remember "the old days" when I was standing at the shore while a strong wind was blowing. This was so beautiful, that I can't put it into words.
Ahhh yes. Donau Insel and Schwedenplatz are poor substitutes.

Where do you hail from? I'm back within a short distance of my grey North Sea, and I love it.


Consumption is their new god.
It's a pretty lousy god, when you only have a Billa nearby - usually closed due to someone's Himmelfahrt!:rofl:

Blutwölfin
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 06:35 PM
Ahhh yes. Donau Insel and Schwedenplatz are poor substitutes.

Where do you hail from? I'm back within a short distance of my grey North Sea, and I love it.

It's a pretty lousy god, when you only have a Billa nearby - usually closed due to someone's Himmelfahrt!:rofl:

I'm impressed - you seem to know Vienna better than I do! ;) How come, my friend?

I'm from a place where it looks like this:

http://tinypic.com/6s4f2x.jpg

http://tinypic.com/6td9ba.jpg

http://tinypic.com/6td9it.jpg

Much better than the dusty Mariahilferstraße or the - in comparison - tiny little Prater. :speechles

Sigel
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 07:53 PM
I'm impressed - you seem to know Vienna better than I do! ;) How come, my friend?
i woahr mol doahr!


I'm from a place where it looks like this:
That's more like it! Is it Nord or Ostsee, Ingvaeonic sweostor?


Much better than the dusty Mariahilferstraße
Husch Husch Husch Tschuschen in der Busch, oder wenigstens Kaufhaus.:violent-s

Austria does mountains rather well. Try Schneeberg in Niederössterriech.
Take the Zahnbahn up, its a tad rickety but a nice view. Fresh air at least.

Servus.

Blutwölfin
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 09:28 PM
I am deeply IMPRESSED, Sigel!
You don't only know this country, you even speak their weird language! "Joa heast, Oida, des mocht di viertel sieben!"* :D

The pictures are more Northsea, rather Westerhever, St. Peter Ording.

Thanks for the hints. I'll visit Niederösterreich as soon as possible. Even when there's no sea, mountains are better than Viennese daily life. :speechles



*) free translation: "Listen to this, my friend, this makes you super sexy"

Sigel
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 10:39 PM
The pictures are more Northsea, rather Westerhever, St. Peter Ording.
Beautiful... The old Heimat... I can feel a holiday wish coming on.

DreamWalker
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005, 10:49 PM
The sight of the sea is the quickest and most effective way to reduce high stress levels for many people, a survey has found.

Also, lakes have the same effect.
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Oh, I miss the sea...! I fully support the thesis, that the sea is calming down and has a relaxing influence. I remember "the old days" when I was standing at the shore while a strong wind was blowing. This was so beautiful, that I can't put it into words.

It's simply horrible to live in the city. I once thought it would be great, I wanted to leave the small village, wanted to see the whole wide world, the power of a large city, I believed in the spirit of these large cities, but in fact there's none. There's just stress and noise and dirt and a loss of personality, culture and independence. All people are synchronised, repeating their numb behaviour over and over again. Consumption is their new god.
Well put:beer-smil

Although sadly so:frown:

The city exerts it's evil hypnotic pull on the youth, who then work themselves like dogs for 30-40 years until they can afford a home near nature.