London - Turning into a meditation app to help calm your mind may be the fashionable thing to do. But it seems just listening to birds singing in the woods is a better way to relax.
People who were played birdsong from woodlands were more likely to become relaxed than those who used an app to meditate, a study has found.
Researchers split the 600 participants into three equal groups, exposing 200 to birdsong, 200 to a meditation app, and leaving the rest in silence.
Each group was asked before the one-minute activity if they felt relaxed, stressed or anxious, then asked again afterwards.