“As people realise it’s not going to end soon, this is when cracks begin appearing.”
While people may not be able to travel far, especially those in lockdown with travel limits, Scott says there are ways to find space close to home by going “somewhere you can see the horizon, you feel less crowded, less stressed and less pressure”.
“We know being cooped up in small spaces, especially in environments with lots of noise and activity, is not good for our mental health.”
She recommends going to the top of a hill, the beach, a forest and parks or, if you live in the inner city, even the middle of a football field. She says research shows even virtual reality, for example putting on a nature documentary, also works.
“We call it zoning out instead of relaxing. You zone out on Netflix or a packet of chips, but even though you haven’t done anything, you haven’t relaxed. You wake up the next morning and you’re still tired.