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Naturupplevelse och psykisk hälsa: Hur påverkar naturupplevelser människor med stress- och utmattningssymtom
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Nature experience and mental health : How do nature experiences influencepeople with stress and burnout symptome? (English)
Abstract [sv]

Stress-related diseases in Sweden have doubled since 1997. Even longterm sickness related tostress has increased over the last decade. In future there is a need of alternative methods todecrease the amount of people being affected to gain a better population health. Natureassisted therapy (NAT) was shown to be a successful method as part of the therapy of stressand burnout likewise was nature an important factor to prevent people from mentaldisorders. The aim of this study was to analyse the latest research concearning nature and itshealth effects with focus on stress and burnout patients in order to plan health promotingactivities outdoors for these patients. Questions included in the study were what impact natureexperiences have apart from medical and psychotherapeutic methods and how natureexperiences do affect stress and burnout patients. The results show that viewing landscapes,rest activities in boreal environment (especially broad-leaved and pine forest), closeness towater and bright wide surroundings have positive effects on people with stress. There is theevidence that certain nature qualities can serve as resources for recovery from stress. Theycan also reduce the risk for gaining mental health. Nature experience is evoking a relaxingmechanism through the activation of the parasympathetic nerve system. For a longtermeffect affected patients do not only need to be shown meaningful activities outdoors but alsohas nature and outdoor activities to become a part of people’s everyday life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 33 p.
Keyword [sv]
mental health and nature experience, green care, nature assisted therapy, nature and health, outdoor activities
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86274OAI: diva2:698280
Educational program
University Programme in Nature Guiding
2013-06-07, EMG-Konferenssal, Linnaeus väg 6, Umeå, 14:42 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-02-27 Created: 2014-02-21 Last updated: 2014-02-27Bibliographically approved

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