Want to fight depression and obesity, Stay close to nature. This wisdom is not new and the theme of World Health Day 2017, is ‘depression’. A case-study published by environmental psychologist Roger Ulrich demonstrated that gazing at a garden can sometimes speed healing from surgery, infections and other Illness & diseases.
How to fight depression?
All other things being equal, patients with bedside windows looking out on leafy trees healed, on average, a day faster, needed significantly less pain medication and had fewer post-surgical complications than patients who instead saw a brick wall.
To boost your mood and turn down the depression we suggest to switch to Mother Nature, Spending time outdoors can help reduce the symptoms of major depression and not only depression you Nature also helps in cutting off obesity. Dr.Ramen Goel, Director Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at Wockhardt, says, “People living close to trees and green spaces are likely to be more active, eating healthy, less likely to be obese and dependent on anti-depressants meet many patients in my life who are obese and therefore depressed. The recovery period is greatly enhanced if they take up a hobby or activity that keeps them close to nature.”
Numerous studies back this up –
- In Spain, people living within 300 meters of green spaces report better self- perceived health and mental health (Triguero-Mas et al., 2015).
- Doctors prescribe fewer anti-depressants in urban areas with more trees on the street (Taylor et al., 2015).
- People are happier and have lower mental distress when living in urban areas with more green space (White et al., 2013).
In April 2016, a report called ‘The Health and Social Benefits of Nature and Biodiversity Protection’ by 11 researchers at the Institute for European environmental policy (IEEP) was published. They spent a year reviewing more than 200 academic studies for the report. This report was then augmented for Friends of the Earth Europe with analysis of the links between nature-related health outcomes and deprivation in March 2017.
Nature increases positivity of emotions in a human being and feelings of vitality as nature is an under-recognized healer. Nature offers multiple health benefits from allergy reductions to increase in self-esteem and mental well-being. Being close to nature is a good weapon against obesity as well, adds Dr. Ramen Goel. Citizen initiatives, NGOs & government should see the opportunities of turning networks of protected areas into accessible health hubs that offer benefits to all citizens.