Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 6, 2020

Coronavirus lockdown: Can nature help improve our mood?

I know for myself the best thing I have done since “shelter in place” began has been to go for almost daily walks through out the nearby neighborhoods.

The BBC reports

While the impact of experiencing nature on our physical health is less well documented, a wealth of studies have demonstrated the positive effects of the natural world on our mental health.

Nature-based activities, such as gardening and farming, have been used as part of mental health treatments around the world for centuries.

GPs in London, Liverpool and Dorset have been prescribing nature experiences for patients with depression and anxiety. These include a healthy walk or planting mint to nurture and grow.

Evidence indicates you can also benefit from “bathing” yourself in nature remotely. One experiment installed large plasma displays of real-time natural scenes outside an office, resulting in people’s connection to their wider social community and the natural world increasing.

Read more  Coronavirus lockdown: Can nature help improve our mood? – BBC News

 


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