Special Issue "Topical Collection: Nature, Mindfulness and Social Isolation in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Interests: shinrin-yoku; ecopsychology; nature based therapy; nature and health; integrative healthcare (mind, body, spirit); mindfulness; informatics
Interests: shinrin yoku; nature rx; nature-based healing; public health; community health; biodiversity; microbiome
Interests: nature-based interventions; forest bathing; complex interventions; holistic healthcare; biopsychosocial-spiritual wellbeing; stress; health behavior; qualitative research; mixed methods research; whole systems research
The current global pandemic, COVID-19, continues to have profound effects on our daily lives. At the time of this writing, over 55 million people have been infected globally. The human race has been attempting to socially and physically isolate to reduce viral transmission and save lives. Large-scale human isolation, and the inevitable lack of human contact and touch, has profound psychological, physiological, and spiritual implications. To find solace and protection from the rapid transmission of the virus indoors with others, people are flocking to nature. Nature spaces, green and blue, are needed now more than ever to provide antidotes for human anxiety, fear of the unknown, loneliness, decreased immunity, and other health issues. Another option, uptake of mindfulness practices, is known for its multitude of benefits: increased immunity, connection with self, decreased anxiety and depression, and increased well-being.
During these uncertain and stress-filled times, we make an urgent call for contributions to this Special Issue in an effort to assist practitioners and researchers in learning ways to help people flourish while living with isolation during the pandemic. Articles of interest may:
- Illustrate how nature-based and/or mindfulness practices alleviate or mitigate social isolation (e.g., social distancing, quarantine, self-isolation, and shelter-in-place) side effects;
- Demonstrate a variety of research methods (e.g., meta-analyses, state-of-the-art reviews, randomized controlled trials, longitudinal studies, case reports or case series, qualitative and mixed methods studies);
- Highlight innovative technologies (e.g., Internet-based videos, cell-phone applications, music, and artistic contributions);
- Apply these approaches, methods, or technologies in important subpopulations, such as the elderly, homebound, deprived and vulnerable communities, adults, adolescents, or children.
Researchers and practitioners interested in these topics are invited to submit manuscripts to this Special Issue on providing nature and/or mindfulness solutions for the human isolation, loneliness, and lack of human contact or touch occurring in times of pandemic.Dr. Margaret Mary Hansen
Ms. Reo Jones
Prof. Dr. Sara L. Warber
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Nature-based therapy
- Nature and forest therapy training
- Nature contact
- Greenspace exposure
- Nature/park/outdoor prescription
- Human isolation
- Mindfulness meditation
- Risk factors of human isolation
- Experiences and perceptions (patients, caregivers, and practitioners)
- Stress-related illnesses
- Human touch
- Therapeutic virtual sound and nature landscapes
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Finding Healing in Nearby Nature
Authors: Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller
Affiliation: Van Diest Medical Center, Webster City, IA, USA
Title: Mindfulness and Shinrin-yoku: Potential for Physiological and Psychological Interventions During Uncertain Times
Authors: Margaret Hansen and Erica Timko-Olson
Affiliation: School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA; Center for Gerontological Nursing, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Title: Social Isolation of Older Adults: A qualitative study of the effects of group outdoor health walks on social interaction
Authors: Katherine N. Irvine and Sara L. Warber
Affiliation: James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, UK; Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA