Consider this: One in four U.S. women has a medical prescription to treat depression or anxiety. College campuses are reporting a spike in students needing psychiatric counseling. And between 1994 and 2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the U.S. jumped nearly 400 percent.
Many of us juggle jobs and families and information overload, often lacking the social support to keep all of our plates spinning. And because of indoor work and school and smartphones, we’re experiencing a colossal dislocation unique in human history: a physical and emotional separation from the natural world.
These two trends reinforce each other. Humans harbor a deeply evolved connection with nature, and researchers are discovering tangible benefits to reconnecting with green, growing spaces. Nature occupies center stage in promoting our wellbeing. Here are eight ways spending time outdoors can fix what ails you.
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