Many people spend workdays indoors under fluorescent lights and in front of computers, then return home to bask in the glow of television screens.
But research suggests it’s important to make time to get outdoors as well, since doing so is beneficial — maybe essential — for human health. Psychologists and health researchers are finding more and more science-backed reasons we should go outside and enjoy the natural world here.
I think of the importance of the outside for people who are in low income and have mental health issues. Are there nature-based programs that support people living in shelters, people who are chronically depressed and /or are living in poverty that help with their sense of well-being and mental health? If nature and being in the outdoors has significant mental health benefits, what are the challenges for people who are marginalized, have mobility issues or are isolated?
Let us know what you think!