Just found this page on the BBC website.
"A recent US study found that being close to nature might soothe the mind by reducing rumination - when negative thoughts get stuck on repeat, playing over and over in the mind.
We evolved with nature and it's completely unnatural for us to be separated from it"
Nigel Dunnett,, University of Sheffield
"A team at Stanford University compared the effects of taking a nature walk through a greenspace with a stroll in an urban environment - in this case beside a busy road in Palo Alto.
Brain scans showed reduced activity in an area of the brain linked to risk of mental illness in participants who took a 90-minute walk among oaks, birds and squirrels.
They also reported lower levels of rumination."
I ruminate a lot. But for the past year I have been taking our first family dog out walking regularly.
I have been feeling a lot better too.
Still dwell on negative thoughts, but not as much.
I think I'll take the dog out more often.