HIT TeamPrevious research suggests that exposure of individuals to natural settings can promote stress reduction and assist in the recovery of attentional capacity and cognitive function following mental fatigue.

Restorative environments as simple as window views onto garden scenes can reduce post-operative recovery periods and analgesic administration. Studies conducted by the Japanese Forestry Institute demonstrated that 15- to 20-minute exposures to natural environments were accompanied by enhanced subjective feelings of "calm" and "refreshed", together with a significant lowering of blood pressure, pulse rate and cortisol levels when compared to similar exposures in a busy city.

Research also suggests that a reduction of symptoms related to prolonged stress and depression, including those brought about by prolonged adverse weather and annual time changes (e.g. Seasonal Affective Disorder), can occur as a result of exposure to green spaces and rural outdoor settings.


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