L'impact des espaces verts sur la santé mentale

The impact of green spaces on mental health

Apr 03, 2024

In reality, these benefits come from our deep connection with nature. This intimate connection can be used as an effective way to reduce stress and improve our psychological well-being.

Parks and gardens: our allies against stress

Urban green spaces such as parks and gardens have a noticeable effect on our mood and mental state. They act as a balm for our restless minds and, in a way, provide real therapy.

Activities as simple as walking, cycling, jogging or yoga can be even more beneficial when done in a natural environment. Regular exposure to nature reduces stress and maintains daily well-being. Additionally, spending time in nature is associated with a positive mindset, psychological well-being, and vitality. In fact, physical activity in natural spaces can reduce the risk of mental health problems by 50%.

Think “Shinrin-yoku,” or “forest bathing” in Japanese. Practiced for around thirty years, this medical concept invites you to immerse yourself in nature, by taking regular walks in the forest to improve your health. This idea is no longer exclusively Japanese; it is gaining ground in many cultures, highlighting the universal value of nature's benefits to our mental health.

The role of nature in reducing anxiety

Going out into nature, listening to birdsong, running water or simply breathing deeply the scent of fresh pine are all precious little moments that can bring real relief to our overloaded minds. Indeed, these interactions with nature have been shown to have a direct influence on our stress and anxiety levels.

Immersion in nature can have a significant beneficial effect on them. Not only does this help them be less stressed, but it also has a positive effect on their prosocial behavior and reduces symptoms of hyperactivity. This is a true example of how contact with nature can play a key role in our psychological well-being.

Researchers are increasingly interested in the impact of nature on our mental health. Among their work, a review of the scientific literature published in August 2022 in the journal Science Advances highlighted the various ways in which our connection to nature can affect our well-being, including by reducing stress and anxiety.

The Impact of Therapeutic Gardens on Well-Being

Without a doubt, spending time in therapeutic gardens can have a remarkably salutary effect on our overall well-being.

Forest therapies, which often include regular stays in therapeutic gardens or nature walks, have been proven to effectively manage stress and improve mental health. Researchers have found that these programs have positive effects not only on psychological symptoms, but also on physical symptoms. Just imagine breathing fresh air, surrounded by the sounds of nature, contributing to your inner peace and improving your well-being.

Studies have shown that even simple exposure to greenery in our daily environment can have a positive impact on our state of mind and vitality. Introducing more plants into our living space can increase our happiness levels and improve our mental health, isn't this proof that nature is actually our best ally?

Children, in particular, benefit from green spaces. Parks, forests, and even the gardens of our homes become playgrounds that not only stimulate their imagination, but also promote their mental health. Indeed, contact with nature can help reduce anxiety and stress in children.

Furthermore, a review of the scientific literature published in August 2022 in the journal Science Advances highlighted multiple ways in which connection with nature can strengthen our well-being. No wonder many organizations, such as the Société des establishments de plein air du Québec (Sépaq), vigorously encourage immersion in nature.

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