Nature Has Positive Impact On Mental Health Of Citizens During Covid-19 Lockdown, Reveals A Spain-Portugal Study

The study was carried out through an online questionnaire which was meant for citizens residing in Spain and Portugal, and are above 18 years of age.

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June 24, 2021

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Due to the coronavirus induced lockdown, the mental health of people has been affected in many ways. Recent studies have shown that in countries like Spain and Portugal, people who came in contact with natural or nature-laden places, have shown lower levels of stress. This research, on mental health,  was conducted between March 2020 to May 2020 during the Covid-19 lockodwn. 

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As per reports, to conduct this research, as many as 3000 citizens were considered as a sample for the study. The results of this study have shown that those who were exposed to a natural environment, showed a positive impact on mental health. As per a leading daily, the findings of this study were published in  ‘Environment International’.

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As per reports, this study was conducted by the Instituto de Saude Publica of the University of Porto (ISPUP) in association with the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). The study was carried out through an online questionnaire which was meant for citizens residing in Spain and Portugal, and are above 18 years of age.

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According to ANI, a professor involved in this study, Dr Triguero-Mas, said that their study is ‘especially important for cities like Barcelona where new buildings rarely have balconies or community spaces with vegetation.’  Dr Triguero-Mas further added that ‘it is important to revalue how building remodelling or new homes can be healthier spaces that promote and prevent deterioration in the health of the people who inhabit them’ (ANI)

Apart from this, several celebrities from across the world have come forward to talk about mental health in the context of pandemic and lockdown. Some celebrities have also shared their suggestion on how to take care of mental health during these tough times.

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