There’s nothing quite like a few hours at a spa or yoga studio to help you relax and let go of stress. But have you ever thought about visiting an aquarium to give your stress the old heave-ho? It turns out that watching fish swim can reduce blood pressure and heart rate — and it can even improve your mood! (Perhaps feeding the fish is how Mr. Rogers kept his soothing and calm demeanor!) If you don’t live near an aquarium, think about setting up a fish tank in your own home, where you can enjoy some of the same soothing benefits. Plenty of research has shown that when people interact with nature, they become more relaxed. Now you can add aquatic locations to the list of beneficial natural environments. Take every chance you get to enjoy these living gifts: whether walking in the park, digging in your garden, snuggling with Fido, or staring at a tank full of fish. You’ll be doing your mind and body a (natural) world of good!
People who spend time in aquariums experience improved moods and significant reductions in heart rate and blood pressure. Study findings appear in the journal Environment and Behavior, co-author, Dr. Mathew White.