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Here's how regular dose of nature may improve mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

ANI | November 22, 2020 05:35 PM
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Tokyo [Japan], November 22 (ANI): While staying close to nature can lead to many health benefits, a recent study has highlighted another advantage of the same. As per a new study, nature around one's home may help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new study was published in the journal Ecological Applications.

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

More frequent greenspace use and the existence of green window views from the home were associated with increased levels of self-esteem, life satisfaction and subjective happiness, as well as decreased levels of depression and loneliness.

"Our results suggest that nearby nature can serve as a buffer in decreasing the adverse impacts of a very stressful event on humans," said lead author Masashi Soga, Ph.D., of The University of Tokyo. "Protecting natural environments in urban areas is important not only for the conservation of biodiversity but also for the protection of human health." (ANI)

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