|Goldfinches flock to a nyjer feeder. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
According to a recent story "Stress reduction for your intellectual well-being" in the Huffington Post, Dr. Sanjay Jain claims visualizing yourself on a beach and hearing the birds can reduce stress.
Visual imagery, he says, is similar to progressive muscle relaxation. "...focus on a pleasant thought while taking deep, controlled breaths. For those five to ten minutes, notice every sensation related to this pleasant thought. If you imagine yourself on the beach or in a peaceful forest, feel the warmth on your skin, notice what the air smells like, hear the birds nearby, and see the waves or the rustling leaves. Allow yourself to bring every sense into the experience for the best positive effect."
Or you can take my advice. Pull up a chair and watch your backyard birds. It's a great stress reducer and it's much more fun to actually see and hear the birds.