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suzzeeb

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Do any of you live in a rural area? Do you think living out in a more secluded area, like in country, would make anxiety better? I mean just being surrounded by trees and where it is quiet and peaceful? I love being in the woods and walking in the park. I love how it smells and being surrounded by nature, but I wonder if it would make any difference really. I know it's a stupid question but I always wonder about whether living conditions would change anything. I know it wouldn't make it go away, but maybe it would help.
 

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I tried it for a while and missed been so near to everything and came back home to urban Ireland. Rural meant some quiet. Also meant the nearest shops were 20 miles away. I was in the middle of nowhere. Was nice. But I was just so used to having things closer to me. Odd to think that you would miss all of that. But I did. Like I live beside a train station. Is handy. Bus stops so close. Shops a few minutes away. You go rural you have to be ready for a lot of changes. Plus I did end up with a person who was like Katie Bates in the film Misery. ( LOL ) That was a big part of my reason for coming back home again. Nice place. Wrong person.
 

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I live in suburban Toronto. Typical suburbia. If I walk a 1/4 mile I’m in a beautiful park with pathways, waterways with ducks and the like, and quiet. Everyone keeps to themselves and respects each other’s privacy. When the weather permits, I enjoy going down there, especially at twilight or even a bit later. No bright lights. Very quiet. I like sitting on a bench at that time and thinking things through, away from the hassles and interruptions of being around people, including wife and kids. I use the park to get my exercise. I enjoy counting the steps I walk, usually between 2,000 - 4,000.

Having said all of that, anxiety is a SOB of the worst kind as we know, and it can find you anytime, anywhere. Still, I’ll take the suburbs and the park over the city any time. Unlike Cuch’s experience, I’m a mile drive from drugstores, restaurants, grocery stores etc.
 

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That's probably the best of both worlds - being able to be out in nature and still living close to everything. I am a few minutes from everything and it's not like I'm in a bustling city, but from my house I can hear cars and I do have neighbors. They keep to themselves and everything, I just wonder if it would be more soothing out in the woods or if it would be worse because of too much isolation. My husband would love to move out further, but I'm afraid to commit to a move like that. But I agree that it doesn't really matter where you are, you can't really get away from anxiety.
 

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If your anxiety is based around anything that may be in a big town, the country might relax you more. If your anxiety is just anxiety over anything and everything, what will change? Granted you might feel more relaxed in the countryside. No loud noises / sounds. You can hear a pin drop. Some would love thqt. I think with me, although I found it great, the person I was with kind of ruined it all. The peace and quiet was amazing. I was not used to that. Can get loud around here. I don't drive. So getting places was hard. I used to cycle. Bit of a long bloody cycle. Not all bad though.
 

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I just always read about getting out in nature to help with mental health so I thought if someone were constantly surrounded by nature it might help. Always looking for miracle cure lol
Cuchculan, maybe if you would have been with someone else it would have been a better experience. That's too bad that you couldn't enjoy it more.
 

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I made the most of it. Some beautiful surroundings. Only noise was birds. Nothing else at all. I was relaxed. But I knew I was always heading back home. So more treated it like a holiday. Very calming indeed. Here I can get a train and reach a beautiful place in ten minutes. Place I always love to head towards for the peace and quiet.
 
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