The Helsinki Capital Region Environmental Health Survey in Finland was conducted in 2015−2016 and included 7321participants. Cross-sectional associations of the amounts of residential green and blue spaces within 1 km radius around the respondent’s home, green and blue views from home, and green space visits with self-reported use of psychotropic (anxiolytics, hypnotics and antidepressants), antihypertensive and asthma medication were examined.
Amounts of residential green and blue spaces or green and blue views from home were not associated with medications.
However, the frequency of green space visits was associated with lower odds of using psychotropic medication (30-40% reductions depending on the number of times/week) as well as similar reductions in antihypertensive (blood pressure) and asthma medication use.
Socioeconomic status was examined and not a confounding factor.
Frequent green space visits were associated with less frequent use of psychotropic, antihypertensive and asthma medication in urban environments. The number of visits was found to be a powerful predictor of less medication use so get outside in parks and forests as often as is possible and practical. Of course, do not change your medication without speaking to your medical team.
If you are not close to green spaces or are physically unable to partake in walking outside, it has been suggested to log on and view forest and water nature scenes as an alternative.