Around 1950 roughly one-third of the world’s population used to live in a city or urban area. According to demographic predictions this number will rise to two-thirds of humanity by 2050.
This means a total of 6 billion people! Sweet country life has become obsolete and there is no going back.
The benefits of a metropolitan lifestyle are obvious: A lot of educational options, more career opportunities and very diverse lifestyle. But all this comes at a cost.
Living in a city also means narrowness, noise, hectic, pollution and social conflicts. Life in a city means stress.
As shown by studies, city life impacts brain regions that regulate emotion and stress. Being born and raised in this hustle and bustle can lead to a greater lifetime risk for anxiety and mood disorders.
Fortunately it’s just a higher risk. It’s not inescapable. If your city stresses you out again, just go green or do some mindful meditation. Create you space and stay there for a while to recharge.