A large body of research exists on the psychological and physiological benefits of interaction with nature. However, getting out in nature isn’t always viable. Digital nature which allows us to experience nature in a simulated environment can provide a practical and restorative alternative to real nature.
The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found a significant increase in feelings of connectedness to the community when respondents watched videos of a digital nature. The University of Exeter, found that even computer generated images of nature can alleviate anxiety and sadness, and people who spent time in a virtual forest in a University of Waterloo study reported reduced stress levels and improved happiness and relaxation.
A quick search online will lead to many sources of soundscapes, images, videos and virtual tours. When you take your next 10 minute break we urge you to seek these out.