Does Spending Time Outdoors Reduce Stress? A Review of Real-Time Stress Response to Outdoor Environments

Through this study, PISC members Michelle Kondo, Sara Jacoby, and Eugenia South evaluate the impact of environmental exposures like nature viewing, outdoor walks, outdoor exercise, and gardening on stress levels in participants. Heart rate, blood pressure, and self-report measures provide the most convincing evidence that spending time in outdoor environments, particularly those with green space, may reduce the experience of stress, and ultimately improve health.

 

 

 

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