New Scientific Support for Old World Remedy
Taking group walks in nature is associated with better mental well-being and lower stress and depression, a new large-scale study finds.
Body and Mind
The study is one of the first to show that simply walking in nature doesn’t just benefit the body, but also the mind.
The study’s authors, said:
“We hear people say they feel better after a walk or going outside but there haven’t been many studies of this large size to support the conclusion that these behaviors actually improve your mental health and well-being.”
Over a three-month period, taking part in the group nature walks was associated with less depression, lower perceived stress and higher mood and mental well-being.
Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster.
Walking in nature seems to be one of the keys to getting the most mental benefit; urban environments do not provide the same boost.
Much modern research is starting to pick up on the importance of the natural environment for our mental health.
Frank J Walker LMFT
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Cambria, Ca. 93428