The Privilege of a Pandemic Nature View

Green surroundings improve mental health—for those lucky enough to have them.

As the United States reels from its largest COVID-19 spike yet, large swaths of Americans are once again confined to their homesAfter nearly a year of social isolation, the toll on our mental health is clear: People of all ages have experienced depression, anxiety, and stress. Unsurprisingly, the more isolated you are, the worse the outcome.

Fortunately, gazing at nature can ease the psychological distress triggered by lockdowns. While decades of research have confirmed that green views benefit our physical and mental health, they’re especially important amid today’s unprecedented social isolation. Flora-filled window views can boost self-esteem and happiness while reducing negative outcomes like anxiety and lonelinessaccording to a study published in Ecological Applications last month. Read more.