It’s about time you fol­low these steps to im­prove your men­tal health

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Sunday Special - Min­utes min­utes

While you’re in the great out­doors, do some­thing to up your heart rate. A study in the jour­nal En­vi­ron­men­tal Science­andTech­nol­ogy says that just a short burst of ex­er­cise in a green space can ben­e­fit your men­tal health, im­prove mood and boost self-es­teem.

In a study from the Univer­sity of Sus­sex, peo­ple were given stress­ful tasks and told to do one “re­lax­ing” ac­tiv­ity: Read­ing, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, hav­ing a hot drink or playing a video game. When stress-in­duc­ing cor­ti­sol in in­di­vid­u­als’ blood was mea­sured, it was dis­cov­ered that the read­ers’ lev­els had dropped the most — by

68 per cent.

Kate Hud­son loves cy­cling and in­cor­po­rates it in her work­outs

The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt loves lis­ten­ing to reg­gae, hip hop and pop mu­sic Snap CEO Evan Spiegel en­joys ar­rang­ing flow­ers — English gar­den roses are his favourite

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