Nature-based activities can reduce anxiety and improve mood – Study

As a person who spends hours riding his bike along the Chicago Lakefront with beautiful Lake Michigan on one side and the Chicago Park District on the other I can attest that the surroudings contribute greatly to my enjoyment.

Outdoor nature-based activities are effective for improving mental health in adults, including those with pre-existing mental health problems, a new study has found. The study showed that outdoor activities in groups were the most beneficial for mental health.

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The research – led by the University of York – showed that taking part in outdoor, nature-based activities led to improved mood, less anxiety, and positive emotions.

The study found that activities lasting for 20 to 90 minutes, sustained for over the course of eight to 12 weeks, have the most positive outcomes for improving mood and reducing anxiety.


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2 responses to “Nature-based activities can reduce anxiety and improve mood – Study

  1. This is true. My outdoor walks daily, often morning and night, has helped keep my mind (and body) happy during the past year and a half. I don’t plan to stop although I might have to get creative if I go back to the office more than the current one day a week. Outdoors makes me happy!

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