There is lots of research about the benefits of being out in nature. The physical benefits are pretty much taken for granted. But their are studies that show that being out in nature, especially exposed to green, and blue – the sea, lake or flowing stream have a major effect on our sense of well-being. From lower blood pressure to reduction in anxiety and mild depression the evidence is overwhelming.
Its why new hospitals have a view outside to see trees, plants and blue sky. Patients with this view out their window do much better and recover quicker than those who don’t have a view of the living world.
For mental health the links for improved health are also well known. Here’s a taste of some of the research and promotion of the benefits.
You cant find a listed of cited articles here – https://scholar.google.co.nz/scholar?q=benefits+of+being+in+nature&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart