For moments when you want to change your mood in way less time than the duration of a yoga class, there actually are a few specific images that are scientifically proven to relax you. Click through our slideshow above to see five visuals that will ease your stress, then read below for some additional insight into the science behind them:
1. THE RELAXING IMAGE: Greenery
A 17-year study lead by psychologist Mathew White—Professor as the University of Exeter’s European Center for Environment and Human Health in Truro—found that city-dwellers who live near green spaces felt less mental distress than those who didn’t. Additionally, in 2012 researchers at the Department of Communication Science at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam found that seeing images of greenery showed positive mental effects. It showed that patients in waiting rooms at a Dutch hospital who were exposed to either real plants or posters of plants felt less stress than those who saw neither.
2. THE RELAXING IMAGE: The Open Sea
“Water is life,” is more than a health-conscious slogan. It really doe represent the vital nature of water to basically all living organisms. Aside from being a necessary part of a human’s physical diet, the sound and imagery of water is actually proven to be essential in the mental health of humans as well.