Let the Sights and Sounds of Scotland Soothe you through these times of uncertainty.
In these challenging and uncertain times, we all may need to find a way to restore inner peace, remember to take a breath and remove ourselves from reality for a brief period of time.
Many will find different ways to relax and relieve stress — escaping into a weathered copy of an old favourite book, exploring a new running route and listening to music are just a few popular ways that people are able to get some headspace and immerse themselves in something they love.
But don’t overlook the power of nature. If you are lucky enough to be in close proximity to a peaceful woodland, tranquil expanse of water or rolling green hills, you probably already have an appreciation for the comforting and life-affirming qualities of the natural world.
Studies have shown that naturalistic sounds promote relaxation and improve mental wellbeing, and arguably there has never been a more important time to take a minute to simply listen, breathe and focus on our own mental health than in the current climate.
Even just opening a window to reconnect with nature and allow our minds to focus in on the dawn chirp of the birds, or take in the wind whispering its way through springtime trees can help ourselves re-centre, reduce anxiety, and simply help us to remember that despite whatever else is going on in the world, nature continues to tick along and remains ready and waiting for us to enjoy and admire.
This is where the Hidden Scotland Instagram account can help. Through our immersive content, your mind and senses can leave the cosiness of your sofa, while your body remains comfortably reclined, as you are transported to some of Scotland’s most beautiful, stunning and peaceful locations through calming, restorative sounds.
Permit yourself to be whisked away and breathe in the salty sea air at Dunnottar Castle, be soothed by the sounds of nothing but nature at Loch An Eilean and be mesmerised by the cascading water at Wailing Widow Falls.
I’ve put together some of our favourite locations and sounds for you to enjoy. So, grab yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and take yourself away to unwind in one of the spectacular destinations below.