Wellbeing and Time with Nature (07-12-21)

Gola and teammates studied how 20-30 minutes of contact with nature influences wellbeing.  They learned that “The Scientific Community . . . has already demonstrated the importance of greenery and nature on the psychophysical well-being of people and, in a moment of emergency, contact with the nature can be therapeutic and quite influential on the mental health of staff subject to stress.During the lockdown, an Italian multidisciplinary working group promoted an experience-based survey . . .for measuring the psychophysical well-being of hospital staff.. . .   a short break in green spaces strongly influenced the mental and psychophysical well-being of hospital staff, emphasizing the importance of nearby green spaces in architectures for health. Even a brief break in nature can regenerate users, especially in times of a stressful health emergency.”

Marco Gola, Monica Botta, Anna D’Aniello, and Stefano Capolongo.  2021. “Influence of Nature at the Time of the Pandemic:  An Experience-Based Survey at the Time of SARS-CoV-2 to Demonstrate How Even a Short Break in Nature Can Reduce Stress for Healthcare Staff.” HERD: Health Environments Research and Design Journal, vol.14, no. 2, pp. 49-65, https://doi.org/10.1177/1937586721991113