Why living near green spaces makes you healthier and improves your life medically?
Researchers have pointed out the results of researched data from a range of sources, including, blood pressure tests, performance on standardized neuro cognitive tests, and physiological measures of immune system functioning.
Greener environments enable and support higher levels of physical activity, improve immune system functioning, and help diabetics achieve healthier blood glucose levels. Similarly it enhances the time of recovery from surgery. By contrast less access to nature is linked to aggravated shortage hyperactivity disorder symptoms, higher rates of anxiety disorders, and higher rates of clinical depression. Environments with less green space are associated with greater rates of childhood obesity, higher rates of many physician-diagnosed diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, and higher rates of death in younger and older adults. In greener settings; we find that people are more generous and more social. We find stronger neighborhood social ties and greater sense of community, more mutual trust and willingness to help others. In less green environments, we find higher rates of aggression, violence and crime, even after controlling for income and other differences. We also find more evidence of loneliness and more individuals reporting inadequate social support.
Mental Health Encounters with nearby nature help alleviate mental fatigue by relaxing and restoring the mind. Within built environments parks and green spaces are settings for cognitive respite, as they encourage social interaction and de-stressing through exercise or conversation, and provide calming settings. Having quality landscaping and vegetation in and around the places where people work and study is a good investment. Both visual access and being within green space helps to restore the mind’s ability to focus. This can improve job and school performance, and help alleviate mental stress and illness.
Our immediate environment can prompt both negative and positive subconscious effects. A presence of plants subconsciously and beneficially impact how the brain responds even when we do not focus attention on such surroundings.
In today’s lifestyles and work, we must focus our attention on critical information or tasks. Maintaining that focus by screening out distractions overloads our capacity for conscious attention Yet, exposure to settings that are visually interesting having “high fascination have been found to aid directed attention recovery. Comparing memory retention in people viewing low versus high fascination scenes in built and natural environments, respectively, people viewing natural environments performed significantly better. So, in the case of offices and schools, where one must focus on tasks, the addition of natural features could significantly improve attention and comfort withholding rates.
Therefore Gulberg Islamabad is a prime example for focusing on development of green surrounding simultaneously with magnificent infrastructure and modern design.