Special Issue "Psychological Benefits of Walking or Staying in Forest Areas"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychology of Sustainability and Sustainable Development".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: shinrin-yoku: forest medicine; preventive medicine; medical tourism; stress reduction; forest landscape planning; five sense stimulation; regional promotion; coexisting with COVID-19; coexisting with nature
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This Special Issue consists of papers that analyze the psychological effects on humans of walking or staying in forests and parks, including stress reduction, improved antidepressant ability, and increased vitality.
In a COVID-19 or post-COVID-19 society, coexistence with nature and the benefits of nature will take on an even more important role as the stress stemming from the emergence of new infectious diseases and the spread of psychotic depression become a growing social problem. Research on the effects of walking and staying in forests and parks will therefore play an important role in improving mental health and preventing or improving mental illness. In recent years, in fact, the progress of research on the physiological and psychological effects of nature and green spaces has been remarkable, with the effect of forest bathing on psychophysiological stress reduction in particularly having seen a significant amount of research in the last decade.
However, at present, further accumulation and concentration of research in this field is required worldwide.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to identify the psychological effects of walking and staying in the forest and how they contribute to the improvement of mental health and the prevention or improvement of mental depression, which will be pivotal to a society coexisting with COVID-19.
Dr. Takahide Kagawa
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Forest walking or staying
- Psychological Benefits
- Coexisting with COVID-19
- After COVID-19
- Stress reduction
- Antidepressant ability
- Mental health
- Coexisting with nature