In response to new research that shows 74% of UK urban workers feel stressed on a daily basis, the National Trust is handing out fresh air that has been bottled at some of the country’s favourite outdoor venues.
The glass jars are being handed out to workers in London who can choose a variety of aromas including the lakeside smell of Windermere in Cumbria and the grassy tang of Stourhead in Wiltshire.
“With most of us living in an urban environment and having little time to escape to the great outdoors, we thought it was about time the National Trust shared just a fraction of our copious amounts of fresh air with the nation,” said Trust spokesman Andrew McLaughlin.
He said a study had shown 74 percent of workers admit they feel stressed every day but that 70 percent say that escaping to the countryside makes them feel instantly relaxed.
Other outdoor stress relievers included: seeing the sea (72%), taking a walk in the countryside (66%) and feeling the sand between our toes (33%).
The giveaway leads up to the National Trust’s free weekend on 20-21 March, as the organisation opens the doors of its hundreds of castles, windmills, gardens and estate houses to the public. [NationalTrust via Metro (UK) and GreenMuze]