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A regular dose of nature may improve mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Credit: Dr. Suga

A study was published in Environmental applications The nature around the home may suggest to help mitigate some of the negative mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

An online questionnaire survey completed by 3,000 adults in Tokyo, Japan, identified the correlation between five mental health outcomes (depression, life satisfaction, self-happiness, self-esteem, and loneliness) and two measures of nature’s experiences (frequency of green space use and a green view through windows from home) ).

Frequent green space use and green window views from the home have been associated with increased levels of self-esteem, life satisfaction, and self-happiness, as well as reduced levels of depression and loneliness.

“Our results indicate that close nature can act as a barrier in minimizing the negative effects of a very stressful event on humans,” said lead author Masashi Suga of the University of Tokyo. “Protecting the natural environments in urban areas is important not only for preserving biodiversity, but also for protecting human health.”

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