J. Chem. En. Sci. A.

Applied Perspectives of Environmental Psychology and Wellbeing

Dr Varsha Sharma

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    https://doi.org/10.15415/jce.2017.41006
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Environment, Psychology, Wellbeing, Health Promoting life style

PUBLISHED DATE September 6, 2017
PUBLISHER The Author(s) 2017. This article is published with open access at www.chitkara.edu.in/publications.
ABSTRACT

Environment is a boon given to each and every living organism on the earth. Being with the nature is always a rich source of mental peace and wellbeing. Connectivity with the nature always gives a sense of being blessed by the Almighty God; it leads to enhance the sense of fully functioning self of the individual as well. Environmental Psychology is an interdisciplinary field which focuses on the application of interaction with environment on the mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing. Several research studies have indicated that involvement with natural surroundings is beneficial for the enhancement of overall wellbeing of the society in general and of individuals in particular. Nature is significantly important for the mental health as it helps to reduce the level of stress, irritation, anxiety, aggression, cardiovascular disease etc. The need of the hour is to encourage the health promoting lifestyle which ensures the interaction with the environment in the form of morning walks, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, breathing exercises, cycling, skipping, playing outdoor games etc.

INTRODUCTION

Life has evolved in the lap of Mother Nature. In ancient times there was a perfect balance between the environment and human beings, our ancestors used to do the daily life activities by interacting with the nature. Environment is a rich source of wellbeing and positive energy. Whenever we are in nature we feel blessed and secured. But due to the technological advancement we are now away from our loving and caring mother nature. God has created the nature so beautifully that it reminds us the love of our omnipotent almighty God. As we are now compelled to live in the artificial environment, we are deprived of this positive energy. Due to excessive deprivation of nature we get frustrated and that leads to aggressive, irritation, headaches, low mental health and ultimately disturbed overall wellbeing. Wellbeing shows the satisfaction of any individual in different sphere or areas of life where he feels happiness and full of life. Wellbeing indicates all over satisfaction from life. Environmental psychology is a science that studies connection between environment and mental health of the individuals. It states that humans have positive reactions to the natural environment. Now as the lifestyles have changed significantly we have started losing the connectivity with nature. Due to urbanization the connection between nature and humans is becoming very limited. All of us are forced to work in artificially build environment, drive on heavy traffic roads, walk on over crowded streets and many more all of these are the source of stress and threats to our wellbeing, they result into disturbed mental health, irritation, anxiety, restlessness, depression, health related ailments etc. A number of studies have been conducted in the recent past. Researchers were focused to find out the relationship between nature and wellbeing. Review of literature indicated that urbanization is a potential cause of deprivation from natural surroundings.

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ISSN Print : 2349-7564, Online : 2349-7769
DOI https://doi.org/10.15415/jce.2017.41006
CONCLUSION

It can be concluded that everyone should follow such lifestyle which includes at least 30 minutes interaction with natural surroundings, it can be in any form whether morning walk, simple exercises like yoga, and breathing exercises, meditation, suryanamaskar, etc. Nature is a direct source of positive energy that gives mental peace and is helpful in enhancement of overall health including physical, mental, social, spiritual wellbeing of the individual.

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