Can nature really cure us? was recently published in the Guardian about the growth of books on health and nature.

I will be posting later this week on Nature Brain about the scientific evidence for nature improving wellbeing and mental health.

The Guardian article provides a balanced view of the potential psychological benefits – and limitations – of nature. A number of books have recently been published on this topic – most recently Losing Eden by Lucy Jones, and The Natural Health Service by Isabel Hardman who was interviewed by the Guardian.

It is important to distinguish between self-help and improving wellbeing and treating mental illness (see my earlier post for my take on this).

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A report by the UK National Trust found that adults who had greater connection to nature were more likely to also report:

  • Increased happiness
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Greater feelings that life was worthwhile

Everyone should try to get a average of 20 minutes of time in nature daily daily. The report suggests some quick tips to increase your time in nature.

Some suggested way to connect with nature are to:

  • Remove your headphones when you are outside
  • Listen for birds
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset
  • Read a book outdoors
  • Go for a walk or run outside

Link to the National Trust report press release.

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