Mental Health

Outdoor Spaces and What it means for your Mental Health

According, to a study in Barcelona, adults who were exposed to green spaces during their childhood had better mental health than the ones living in urban areas. 73% of people live in urban areas and is expected to grow to 80% by 2050 in Europe.

This study, published in the International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health used 3600 people as their participants in a special study.

There were adults who answered questions on the frequency of use of natural areas such as parks and hiring in the park versus kids playing in the backyard or in their houses. They were requested about their current amount of time and use of natural spaces as well as vitality they gave to these spaces. Nervousness was seen less in people who were exposed without tiredness and were seen.

The test results determined that the adults exposed to reduced total score compared to those with higher exposure. Lower exposure to nature gave a lower importance to natural environments in their survey.

A researcher called Wilma Zilema underlines that there is significant importance of childhood exposure to nature and a healthy psychological state in adulthood. In Europe, most children play indoors and making a desirable outdoor setting for them to play in will make it attractive. Policymakers in the entire world should make more green spaces available which will help better mental health.

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