Applied Perspectives of Environmental Psychology and Wellbeing
Environment is a boon given to each and every living organism on the earth. Being with the nature is always a rich source of mental peace and wellbeing. Connectivity with the nature always gives a sense of being blessed by the Almighty God; it leads to enhance the sense of fully functioning self of the individual as well. Environmental Psychology is an interdisciplinary field which focuses on the application of interaction with environment on the mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing. Several research studies have indicated that involvement with natural surroundings is beneficial for the enhancement of overall wellbeing of the society in general and of individuals in particular. Nature is significantly important for the mental health as it helps to reduce the level of stress, irritation, anxiety, aggression, cardiovascular disease etc. The need of the hour is to encourage the health promoting lifestyle which ensures the interaction with the environment in the form of morning walks, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, breathing exercises, cycling, skipping, playing outdoor games etc.
Dr Varsha Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University College of Social Sciences & Humanities, Mohanlal Sukhadia University,Udaipur, 313 001, Rajasthan
Barton J. & Pretty J. (2010). “What is the best dose of nature and green exercise for improving mental health? A multi study analysis Environment Sciences Technology” 2010 May (10) 3947–55. doi.101021
Barton J. et. al., (2012). Exercise, Nature and Socially interactive based initiatives improve mood and self esteem in the clinical population. Perspect public Health 2012 Mar 132 (2). 89–96.
Barton J. Griffin M., Prettey J. (2010). Exercise-nature-and socially interactive based initiatives improve mood and self esteem in the clinical population percept public health.
Berman M G et. al., (2012). Interacting with nature improves cognition and affect for individuals with expression Journal of affect disorder 2012 Nov. 140(3) 300-5. doi: 10:1016/j.jad2012.3.12E. Pub 2012 Mar 31.
Jain Uday (2010). Quality of life & Worldwide views on Environment Relationship. Journal of Wellbeing Vol. 4/Nov. 2/ July 2010.
Li Q et. al., (2016). Effect of forest bathing on cardiovascular and metabolic parameters in middle-aged males. Evid based complement altemat med 2016.2016. 2587381. doi 101155/2016/2587381. EPub 2016 Jul 14.
Li Q. et. al., (2011). Acute effects of walking in forest environments on cardiovascular and metabolic parameters. European Journal of applied physical (2011) Nov. 111(1): 2845-53 doi: 10.1007/S00421011-1918Z. E Pub 2011. Mar 23. Singh, S. et al. (2010) Marital adjustment & psychological wellbeing Among females of early & late marriage. Journal of wellbeing.Vol. 4/Nov. 2/July 2010.
Van Den Berg & Custers M.H. (2011). Gardening promotes neuroendocrine and affective restoration from stress. “Health Psychology, 2011 Jan; 16(1): 3-11 doi: 10.1177/135910365577. E pub 2010 Jun.