The presence of parks and woodland in economically deprived areas may help people cope better with job losses, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue, and anxiety.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 03, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study showing that parks and forests help people cope when depression, anxiety and stress has entered their lives.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Thursday, March 1, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/fight-stress-by-going-green), the study showed that stress levels of unemployed people are linked more to their surroundings than to all other facts that could be contributing to stress — including lack of disposable income. The presence of parks and woodland in economically deprived areas may help people cope better with job losses, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue, and anxiety.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin reported that the key lay in the color green. Researchers specifically found that people’s stress levels were directly related to the amount of green space in their area. In other words, the more green space you live in, the less stressed you are bound to be.
Researchers measured stress by taking saliva samples from a group of middle-aged adults, and measuring levels of cortisol. That is a hormone released in response to stress. They found that if less than 30% of a person’s surrounding area was green space, its population showed unhealthy levels of cortisol.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin also reported that the study shows that, for every one-percent increase in green space, there was a corresponding steeper decline in stress levels. Where there is more green space, people tend to respond better to disruptive events, either by not getting as stressed in the first place or by coping better.
Participants were also asked to self-diagnose their stress levels and these results directly related to the percentage of local green space. People with more green space had lower levels of self-reported stress. The research was originally published in “Landscape and Urban Planning.”
(SOURCE: "Green spaces reduce stress levels of jobless, study shows," University of Edinburgh, Feb. 15, 2012.)
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