A 20-MINUTE stroll through a park is one of the best stress-busters doctors can prescribe, research suggests.
Connecting with nature was found to improve wellbeing and calm.
Spending between 20-30 minutes near trees and flowers lowered stress hormones by around ten per cent.
Scientists said the benefits continued after half an hour but at a reduced rate, The Times reported. Study leader Mary Carol Hunter, of the University of Michigan, said: “For the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of (stress hormone) cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature.
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“Getting out of an office block and sitting next to a tree can be enough.”
Dr Hunter said GPs could prescribe “nature pills” — recommendations that anxious patients spend time somewhere green. The research emerged after calls for nature walks to be used as a low-cost remedy for mental illnesses and high blood pressure.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said yesterday that more people with dementia should be offered music and dance therapy.
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