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D.W. (KENKOU) 12. January 2016

Big City Stress

city-tress

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.