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Mental Well-being and Nature: what is the connection?

Nature plays a fundamental role in achieving individual well-being, but its effects on individuals go beyond improving our physical state, extending to our mental wellness as well.

Several studies have demonstrated this strong connection, especially in recent years.

This has led people to reevaluate their daily lives, pushing them more and more toward reconnecting with nature.

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What is mental health?

Let’s take a step back, what do we mean when we talk about mental well-being?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as:

“a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.”

Therefore, mental wellness should not be underestimated, as it is a fundamental aspect that contributes to an individual’s overall well-being.

Our mental state is essential at every stage of life, from infancy to adulthood, and it influences how we think, feel, and act on a daily basis.

Connection with nature

Connection with nature can have a significant impact on mental health.

Several scientific studies have demonstrated the importance of spending time in nature for improving our well-being.

In recent years, the concept of eco-psychology has gained popularity, which is an approach that combines psychology and ecology for a deeper understanding of oneself and the planet.

But what are some of the benefits we can experience from being in contact with nature?

Data from studies on the benefits of nature on well-being.

Mental health at work

Mental health and well-being are extremely important in the workplace and should not be underestimated as they can significantly impact employee productivity, efficiency, and overall satisfaction.

So what are the benefits in the workplace?

  • Productivity and performance: Positive mental state is directly linked to increased productivity. Promoting activities for mental health improves concentration and enhances motivation among employees.
  • Morale and engagement: Feeling supported and valued by the company improves mental well-being and makes individuals more likely to actively engage, creating a positive work environment and fostering greater collaboration.
  • Stress reduction: Stress and mental well-being are closely interconnected. Promoting activities and providing support can contribute to improving people’s health and creating a more positive work climate.
  • Creativity and innovation: These aspects reflect the mental well-being of individuals. When we feel good, we are more inclined towards creativity and generating innovative ideas.
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How we promote it at OutBe

At OutBe, we firmly believe in the power of nature for mental well-being.

Through the activities and outdoor programs we offer to companies, we aim to create a deeper connection between people and nature, recognizing the huge benefits it can have on individual mental well-being. 

For example, after recent nature activities, it has emerged that:

Data of benefits after an activity with outbe

But not only that, thanks to our communication channels and our podcast, The Seed, we also aim to guide and inspire people to find a balance of physical and mental well-being through connection with nature.

Our goal is to inspire individuals to take care of themselves and cultivate a healthier relationship with the natural environment, contributing to long-lasting mental well-being and a healthier, more sustainable world.

Discover our outdoor programs for corporate well-being.