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Taking a long walk with your friends might just be the best way to beat stress and depression

group walkDo you suffer from stress and anxiety? Taking long nature walks in a group can help you beat these common occurrences, says a new study. The University of Michigan conducted the study in accordance with De Montfort University, James Hutton Institute and Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom and found that these nature walks significantly lowered depression and stress along with enhancing mental health and well-being.

The study revealed that talking long group nature walks can help people beat stress and anxiety. The study conducted by the University of Michigan, with partners from De Montfort University, James Hutton Institute, and Edge Hill University in the United Kingdom found that group nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.

Sara Warber, M.D., associate professor of family medicine at the U-M Medical School, said that walking was an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise and when combined with nature and group settings, it might be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster.

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Given the increase in mental ill health and physical inactivity in the developed world, they are constantly exploring new, accessible ways to help people improve their long term quality of life and well-being, she further added. The study is published in the issue of Ecopsychology devoted to 'Ecopsychology and Public Health'.

Source: IANS

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