Effect of forest therapy on psychological stress and emotion of aircrew
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Nan Li, Lina Wen, Xue Chen, Hang Ren, Guang Zhao
The objective of this study conducted from April 2021 to May 2023 was to investigate the psychological relaxation and emotion regulation effects of a forest therapy program on Chinese aircrew, including pilots, flight mechanics, and flight correspondents, who were convalescents admitted to our hospital. A total of 30 individuals in the experimental group underwent a half-day forest therapy program, while another 30 individuals in the control group underwent a similar half-day program conducted in a square and indoor setting without any forest environment. Prior to the forest therapy, there were no significant differences between the two groups. However, after the intervention, the experimental group showed a significant decrease in their Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) scores, while the Profile of Mood States (POMS) scores decreased in the test group and increased in the control group. In conclusion, this study demonstrates that forest therapy has a positive impact on the psychological well-being and emotional adjustment of Chinese aircrew.
Forest therapy; Psychological stress; mood