The Past Couple of Years Have Been Hard! Nature Heals Us.
Scientists have learned a lot from the pandemic about the emotional, mental, and physical health benefits of nature exposure:
"Evidence suggests nature exposure during COVID-19 pandemic was associated with less depression, anxiety, stress, and more happiness and life satisfaction. Additionally, nature exposure was correlated with less physical inactivity and fewer sleep disturbances.... Based on these findings, we argue that nature exposure may have buffered the negative mental and behavioral impacts of lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recovery and resilience during the current crises and future public health crises might be improved with nature-based infrastructure, interventions, designs, and governance." -S.M. Labib