Spending Time In Nature Reduces Depression, Anxiety, Stress

Seeing and bathing in “green” has a healing, calming and healthy impact

Claudia Brose
4 min readMay 18


Me in Nature | Photo © John McDemott

Stepping outdoors, ideally into nature of some sort even if it is just for a brief moment already lets your stress level go down.

Breathing fresh air and seeing “green” and nature has a healing, calming and healthy impact. Studies have shown that spending time in nature reduces depression, anxiety, and stress.

I would think we all know that we feel better and healthier when we are outside in nature. It seems common sense to me. Nature is good for you. Duh. Isn’t that obvious? Hasn’t that always been that way and nature has been known for being something good for us humans?

I had written about integrating nature into or lives in the past, then stopped because I felt it is ridiculous to write about something that is so obvious and normal. Well, then I noticed that the world seriously does research on that. AND, guess what? They found, gee whiz, that nature is good for our health and well-being. Who would have thought?!

For those of you who need some encouragement to spend more time outdoors and in nature — here are some insights to help you embrace the green outdoors.

Spending Time Outdoors

A new study has “surprising insights” into how spending time outside affects our wellbeing, and it even shows which parts of nature may be more therapeutic than others.

Being aware of how trees, plants, flowers, streams, or birds affect our mood helps the various treatment providers, if psychologists, hospitals, doctor’s offices, or even elderly homes, to consciously integrate nature into their care.

A growing body of research showed that for example birds and an everyday encounter with birdlife are a part of nature that can particularly be associated with time-lasting improvements in mental wellbeing. These improvements were evident not only in healthy people but also in those with a diagnosis of depression, the most common mental illness across the world.

Nature Fights Stress



Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | Get my Newsletter Un-Rush claudiabrose.substack.com