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It has been shown that contact with the outdoors and especially with nature has beneficial effects on children’s psychological health. While children in regular contact with nature are less prone to stress, those who grew up in areas with little green space are more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder (depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia).
On the other hand, certain cognitive disorders are prevented and reduced by exposing children to natural environments. Thus, various studies have developed that children attending schools where the outdoor environment is well integrated have a better attention span. At the same time, for children suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADHD), regular activities in a green environment continuously reduce their symptoms and the more “green” a child’s play area is, the less severe his or her attention deficit symptoms are, when they would be accentuated by activities carried out indoors or in urban outdoor spaces.
More benefits from contact with nature: physical health benefits
This article demonstrates that children who go outside daily make significantly greater motor progress than those who stay in class.
According to this research, spending time surrounded by trees lowers heart rate, blood pressure and levels of the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline.