Studies show that looking at pleasant images, especially those of nature, can provide a mental escape for stressed people.
Perhaps social distancing makes you yearn to enjoy the soothing scent of newly cut grass or watch the sun rise in the morning more than ever. While it does not replace the feelings of experiencing these things directly, looking at pictures of nature for at least five minutes will be effective in reducing stress and helping the brain relax.
Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, a professor of psychological sciences at the University of San Diego, said: “There are studies showing that looking at pleasant images can provide a spiritual escape for those who are stressed. A study in the Netherlands in 2015 showed that looking at photos of nature help students reduce stress better than pictures of buildings.”
She added that looking at relaxingimages can be seen as a form of mindfulness meditation that activates the sympathetic system, part of the nervous system that helps us reduce anxiety and fear.
Studies also show that looking at fractals increases alpha brain waves, as well as blood flow to areas of the brain that regulate emotions. Fractals are very common in nature, as they can be seen in everything from leaves, snowflakes to lightning, clouds, ferns, cacti or shells.
Take a look at the amazing nature photos below and assess your stress level before and after seeing them.
11 images of nature that will help you reduce stress
Watch the floating clouds
The photo, taken at The Queen of the Hills, a place 6,500 feet above sea level. With a population of about 30,000, it has a wildlife sanctuary, a Camel’s Back natural walk, a Tibetan temple called the Happy Valley (thought to be the first Tibetan temple in India) and a famous Mist Lake where visitors can swim and sail on the waterfall. A romantic and charming town, this area attracts many tourists to India.
Peaceful bamboo forest
One of the most fascinating landmarks in Kyoto, Japan, is the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, home to more than 1,600 Zen gardens. With an area of about six square miles, the green and tranquil forests bring a world completely separate from the bustling life outside. A walk in the woods in the morning is best when light streams through the rows of green bamboo casting shadows on the ground. The Japanese take bamboo trees very seriously, they always appreciate the noble qualities of this tree.
Magical natural light
Mother Nature has given us breathtaking magical lights that you can admire in some countries like Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the United States (Alaska). In which Lapland, Finland is known as one of the top places to watch the phenomenon of the arctic aurora borealis sparkling from white snow tents or unique tree houses.
Dreamy country road
Tourism along the beautiful highways is expected to dominate by the end of 2020. Diablo Lake in Washington State, USA was originally a dam built on the Skagit River in 1930. Located among towering mountains, water from glaciers flowing in and giving Diablo a smooth turquoise shirt. To get to Diablo Lake, you can drive along the North Cascades Expressway, one of the best roads in the world, then camp, walk the trails, enjoy the peaceful moments strangely sad.
Warm sunset in the desert
The setting sun of the quiver forests (a species of aloe vera) in the desert of southern Namibia creates a beautiful setting. The name of this tree comes from the hollow branches that were once indigenous to the locals. Used as name canister.
With leaves that look like roots, the quiver forest is famous for its upside-down form. They adapt to the arid conditions of the desert, the thick leaves reflecting the sparkling sunlight. The forest was declared a national monument in 1995.
This picture depicts Gullfoss waterfall, an epic poem of mountains and forests, one of the world’s natural wonders not to be missed when traveling Iceland. This place has been famous and attracts tourists since it is a private property. The rugged canyons were formed by flash floods, and the swirling flow of water at a tremendous speed created this majestic waterfall. Together with the geothermal region of Geysir and Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss creates an intriguing natural exploration and conquest.
A love song in the middle of the blue ocean
Adjacent to Mexico’s Revillagigedo Islands is a paradise to experience the world’s most interesting scuba diving with extremely rich creatures from rays, bottlenose dolphins, great white sharks and giant humpback whales. Each year, about 1,200 humpback whales migrate to this part of the Pacific to mate.
The peaceful coast
The majestic hills protect Zenith Beach in New South Wales, Australia from the outside world, creating a truly peaceful space. This pristine piece of land in Tomaree National Park is a real holiday paradise. In addition, visitors can explore historical sites during World War II, learn about animals such as whales and koala.
A calm lake of snow and ice
Lake Baikal, located in southern Siberia, is the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, containing more than 20% of the total freshwater that is not frozen year-round on the surface of the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, it is home to many seals, bears, wolves, elk and reindeer. More than half a million tourists visit the lake each year to skate, fish and walk on ice, which can be as thick as two meters in winter.
The sky with twinkling stars
The night sky outside Merzouga, Morocco is truly amazing. Without the lights of the city, without the clouds, it is ideal for watching the starry sky. A trip to discover astronomy, learn about Bedouin myths and traditions, sleeping under the golden sand dunes of Erg Chebbi will definitely be a great experience.
Unique terraced fields
Terraced fields have existed for centuries in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and China. These terraced fields in Long Thắng, China, also known as Dragon’s Backbone, are about 650 years old. Tourists come here to take photos of the green fields in spring and turn into emerald green in the summer and turn soft yellow during the autumn harvest.