It is commonly known that spending time in nature is good for the body and mind. Whether it’s the fresh air, cool sea breeze, lushes trees, or chirping birds, there is a naturally peaceful and therapeutic feeling of being in nature. Recent research by the University of Exeter shows that spending two hours in nature every week is an important threshold for health and well-being.
Based on 20,000 people in England, researchers found that individuals who spent at least 120 minutes a week in nature were more likely to report better health and psychological status than those who didn’t. Interestingly, it did not matter whether that threshold was achieved in a single visit or multiple visits, and it applied to everyone. This is regardless of gender, age group, occupation, income level, and health status. Nature visits included a variety of places such as local parks, beaches, lushes neighborhoods, forests, and gardens. Even spending time in an urban green space has been reported to be beneficial for individuals.
To find out just how much is enough, the two hours spent in nature every week helped participants to feel healthier, reduce stress levels, gain a greater perspective on life, breathe better, and reduce levels of depression and anxiety. These findings can be encouraging for anyone seeking health wellness to step out of the house and enjoy the natural benefits of nature.