Nature Can Improve Mental Health During the Pandemic, Study Finds

Key Takeaways

  • A survey of 3,000 Tokyo residents found that spending time in nature improved participants’ emotional wellbeing during the pandemic.

  • Even people who simply looked at a green spaces from a window experienced psychological benefits, according to the study.

  • Finding ways to enjoy nature consistently and mindfully could offer relief from stress and anxiety, experts say.

After adjusting for socioeconomic and lifestyle variables, the researchers found that people who had more exposure to nature had higher levels of self-esteem, happiness, and life satisfaction than participants with less access to the outdoors. The findings also showed reduced levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness among people who accessed green spaces frequently.


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Article Submitted by Pat France MSRN Member