Engaging in outdoor activities is as psychologically advantageous as it is physically beneficial. Relaxation, presence of mind, and stress management are three of the primary psychological benefits a person can experience while spending time in nature. Studies of attention restoration therapy (ART) have even demonstrated the increased restorative effects of nature on a person’s cognitive abilities compared to those provided by a more urban environment.
The peace and tranquility associated with natural environments are critical to nature as a restorative psychological resource. In such a setting people are able to reduce their personal role, including the abandonment of daily responsibilities and job-related duties, and simply reflect on their thoughts or the beauty around them. While individuals can enjoy nature in pairs or groups, there is a level of isolation inherent to nature, resulting in a decrease of both outer and inner conflict.