Spending time in nature has numerous benefits, including cognitive, emotional, and existential. Spending time in nature can reduce stress and increase your immune system. It can even boost your mood. Research shows that time in nature can reduce stress and increase anti-cancer proteins. With growing awareness of the benefits of nature, more people are taking advantage of its healing powers. Spending time in nature can also lower blood pressure, increase your mood, and reduce your anxiety, depression, and anger.
Studies have linked time spent in nature to a variety of positive effects, including improved attention, lowered risk for psychiatric disorders, and improved mood. While most research has focused on green spaces, some researchers are starting to look at how exposure to blue spaces, such as riverfronts, can improve your mood. For now, this is a subject that is still under study, but there are many benefits of spending time in gardens and parks that have had a decent amount of academic research.
Exposure to plants can boost our immune system. Exposure to plants contains compounds called phytoncides, which protect plants from insects and rotting. These compounds benefit humans by lowering cortisol and other stress hormones. The research also suggests that time in nature may improve our immune system. It can also help us to fight stress.
Direct exposure to nature is positively related to the presence of green space in our neighbourhood, and those who live near green space in their neighbourhood tend to visit nature more often. However, many nature visits take place outside their immediate neighbourhood, and these ‘distance’ visits compensate for the lack of nature in their neighbourhood. However, it is difficult to determine the amount of time people spend in nature in their neighbourhood. Those who live near public green spaces can also benefit from indirect exposure to nature through views and scenic views.