Want pandemic relaxation? Here’s why spending time in outdoor garden spaces might help

Sean Patrick Goldy, a psychological science doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine, said that one of the effects of being in the outdoors is the psychological notion of awe, or a feeling that you are in the presence of something vast that breaks your frame of reference for understanding the world. … Studies show that awe is often associated with feelings of connection to others, generosity and sense of place in the universe — and those feelings of connection may be particularly important in a time when people feel especially isolated, Goldy said.