A clear, starry night. The pounding of the surf at the ocean’s edge. A beautiful blue sky. The sound of a running stream, a steady rain, and thunder. Birds chirping in a grove of trees.
The wonder and power of nature is all around us. More and more evidence shows that spending time in nature is good for our health and overall well-being. To date, research has shown that the psychological, physical and behavioral benefits to spending time in nature include:
- Short term memory and concentration
- Creativity and imagination
- Mental well-being: less anxiety and depression, improved mood
- Physical health
- Quality of sleep
- Lower stress
- Boosts to immune system
- Restoration of mental energy
- Social connection and improved quality of relationships (get out there with others!)
Research shows that at least 120 minutes in nature per week (less than 20 minutes per day) improves health and psychological well-being significantly more than not visiting nature at all. And it doesn’t matter if the 120 minutes is achieved in a single visit or over several shorter visits.
You also don’t need to travel far distances to the mountains or the ocean (though they are both wonderful places to be out in nature); any green space can bring benefits. You can find plenty of space to rest and play outside at UNH. Try checking out the brook running through the center of campus or taking a visit to the expansive trails in College Woods.
Opportunities at UNH
- Mindful Walk in the Woods
Spend time in nature, move your body, practice mindfulness, and meet others with Health & Wellness and Campus Recreation. Visit our events page for details.
- Campus Recreation Outdoor Adventures
Outdoor Adventures rents outdoor equipment and offers all-inclusive trips, clinics and events open to both beginners and experienced participants. Join them to learn new skills, explore beautiful areas of New England and meet new people!