Mar 1, 2019
Want a mental boost in 20 short minutes? It’s a simple as getting off your couch and visiting a nearby park. If you prefer, you don’t even need to exercise to get the benefit.
Researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s Department of Occupational Therapy document a significant improvement in emotional well-being for those who choose to visit one of three local parks. They tabulated the results and found that the benefits would accrue even to those unable to pursue physical activities due to disability.
If you think about it, you’ll be surprised to find just how close a green space is to your home or work. Get over there, clear your mind, and take a 20 minute or longer mental vacation.
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Hon K. Yuen, Gavin R. Jenkins. Factors associated with changes in subjective well-being immediately after urban park visit. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 2019; 1 DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2019.1577368