Being closer to nature can reduce distress, behavioural problems in kids

They also had fewer behavioural and emotional difficulties, as well as improved pro-social behaviour.

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Hong Kong, Publish Date: Jan 13 2019 2:23AM | Updated Date: Jan 13 2019 3:06AM
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Does your child often feel stressed and depressed? A walk in the woods is likely to improve his/her mood, researchers said.

The study, led by a team from the University of Hong Kong, revealed that children who developed a closer connection with nature had less distress, less hyperactivity and had a healthy lifestyle with regard to active play and eating habits. 

They also had fewer behavioural and emotional difficulties, as well as improved pro-social behaviour. 

However, despite the extensive, adjacent greenness, many families are not using these areas, the researchers rued in the paper published in the PLOS ONE journal.

“We noticed a tendency where parents are avoiding nature. They perceive it as dirty and dangerous, and their children unfortunately pick up these attitudes,” said Tanja Sobko from the University’s School of Biological Sciences. 

In addition, the green areas are often unwelcoming with signs like “Keep off the grass”, Sobko added. 

 

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