“Your environment is part of your personality. For me, living in the country helps keep my mind balanced.”
Humans have always sought shelter from the elements. We all seek to have indoor spaces that are comfortable and safe to live in. But going outside and spending time in nature can be just as important for our physical and mental health.
If you visit a local park, garden, or beach, you may notice there is less noise, and there are less people and fewer sources of stress. Sunlight, fresh air, plant life, open spaces, and the natural environment can lead to lower stress levels and have an overall positive impact on wellbeing.
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A closer look
Green spaces can restore mental health
Getting outside into the sunlight can lift mood levels
High noise levels cause stress for people living nearby
Outdoor activity is beneficial for kids
Some health settings like to bring the outdoors inside
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.