Doctors can prescribe time by the water for mental health

  • Britons rated spending time by the water as the best nature activity to boost their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A new programme from the UK’s Mental Health Foundation will enable doctors to prescribe water-based activities to improve low moods.
  • With growing urbanization, the importance of nature for people’s wellbeing also has implications for city planners aiming to create healthy urban environments.

Spending time by the water was the most highly-rated activity in nature for improving people’s mental health throughout the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey by the UK’s Mental Health Foundation. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said that it had a positive impact on their mood, outranking spending time in the countryside as a mental health booster.

And it could soon come on prescription for Britons.

Spending time by the water is Britons’ preferred nature-based mental health booster.

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