Walk In The Park May Help Mitigate Work-Related Stress: Stud
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Recently, sense of coherence (SOC) as a concept of stress-coping, has been gaining considerable attention. Researchers found little evidence about the associations between SOC and habits that are easy to perform in everyday life.

The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of workers who engage in forest walking and greenspace walking and examine their association with SOC score. The study population included 19481 workers and data of 6466 participants (3965 men and 2501 women) were analyzed.

Results:
The percentage of participants who engage in forest and greenspace walking at least once a year was 55.9% and 75.9%, respectively.

Associations between forest/greenspace walking and SOC score were calculated using Chi-squared tests. Multinomial logistic regression analyses with SOC score group as a dependent variable and forest/greenspace walking as explanatory variables were performed.

Statistically significant positive associations were observed between strong SOC and those who engaged in forest/greenspace walking after adjusting for socioeconomic factors. The odds ratios for strong SOC were 3.65 for forest walking at least once a week and 2.12 for greenspace walking at least once a week.

Conclusion:
Researchers concluded that forest/greenspace walking may enhance workers’ stress-coping skills.

Source:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666535220300732
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