Can Being Surrounded By Nature Improve People’s Health?

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Research has shown that living near or spending time in green spaces has positive effects on our mental and physical health and well being.

Studies of hospital patients who saw trees and greenery from their hospital room window recovered more quickly than those whose window overlooked a brick wall.

If you are stressed, spending some time in a green space taking a brief walk will lower your stress level so you can handle the stressful situation more calmly.

Spending time in a green space can improve the functioning of your immune system.

Relaxing in a green space lowers blood pressure. On the other hand lack of access to green spaces may contribute to a rise in blood pressure.

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Those who enjoy the beauty of green space have less depression and feelings of anxiety.

Living in a greener space is especially helpful for those suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma or COPD,

Being in a green space like a park or a forest promotes physical activity. Walking on a trail through a field of trees is certainly more inviting than walking along a concrete pavement in an urban area. Anything that promotes an increase in exercise is always good for our health. Becoming more active, while at the same time improving our eating habits, will help people who are overweight or obese shed some weight.

We can be more productive and concentrate better when we are in a more calm state of mind. This can be accomplished when some time is spent in green space and our stress level has been lowered.

Spending time outdoors in the fresh air, sunshine and nature will contribute to a healthy good nights sleep.

Those who live in the country have the advantage of access to lots of green spaces. However, you don’t need to move to or live in the country to enjoy green space. Over the past few decades urban planners have recognized the importance for including green space in urban areas. City parks and walking trails contribute beneficially to both the physical and mental health of those living in the area.