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How Green Space Affects Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Greenspace, Mental HealthTo take a space that is vacant and unused and turn it into a mini outdoor refuge can be the difference in the balance of positive and negative energy in a person. "Greening" as it is sometimes called has been shown to elevate moods in whole neighborhoods. It turns out that a little bit of green goes a long way.

Green Space Benefits

Human beings were designed to live in harmony with nature. In today's busy world, it may be difficult for some to take the time to seek out a natural environment. Being in nature brings a person back to their center and realigns the balance of mind, body, and soul.

Healing Depression

Depression can be a crippling disease if left untreated. There are many clinical treatments for the severely depressed, however, there is a bigger picture here. Medication is great when you have no alternative, but developing healthy coping skills and ways to reconnect with your joy are critical to long-term recovery and green space has been shown to be an effective tool.

Time magazine published an article Turning Vacant Lots into Green Spaces can improve Mental Health. Here's how by Jamie Ducharme. This article gives the findings of the studies that have been done touting the benefits of Greening in some of the more distressed neighborhoods of Philadelphia.

In creating more community green space and adding plants and flowers to your home or office can help alleviate and keep depression fighting to get in. If you already have an outdoor area in your community or backyard, you are much more likely to feel more joy.

Positive Energy

We are all made up of energy. Everything around us is made up of energy. When someone feels depressed, their energy is moving at a much slower rate than it does when that same person is happy. If you are exposed to a faster-moving energy, you are more likely to feel better. Going outside and breathing fresh air or sitting under a tree will undoubtedly make you feel better, more energetic. So, if you find yourself feeling sad, go outside and smell the flowers. While you're out there contemplate how you can bring more green into your environment.

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