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Psychosomatic Health and Shimla


Aakarshan Chauhan


Psychosomatic health, characterized by the interaction between psychological and physiological factors, is a critical aspect of overall well-being. The influence of environmental factors on psychosomatic health has gained significant attention in recent years. This study aims to investigate the impact of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, a scenic hill station in India, on psychosomatic health. Using a cross-sectional design, data were collected from a sample of residents and tourists visiting Shimla. Measures were taken to assess psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression, and physiological indicators including blood pressure, heart rate variability, and cortisol levels. Environmental factors, including air quality, temperature, and green spaces, were also evaluated. Preliminary findings suggest that the unique environment of Shimla has a positive influence on psychosomatic health. Participants reported lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression compared to urban counterparts. The presence of natural landscapes and green spaces within the city contributed to a greater sense of well-being and relaxation. Additionally, favorable air quality and moderate temperature were associated with improved physiological indicators, including reduced blood pressure and enhanced heart rate variability. Further research should explore longitudinal studies, examining the long-term effects of Shimla's environment on psychosomatic health. Additionally, investigating specific mechanisms underlying the observed associations, such as the impact of nature exposure and stress reduction, would provide valuable insights for interventions and therapeutic approaches.


Psychosomatic Health, Shimla, Environmental Factors, Psychological Factors, Physiological Indicators, Natural Environments, Well-being, Stress, Anxiety, Depression


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Psychosomatic Health and Shimla. Aakarshan Chauhan. 2023. IJIRCT, Volume 9, Issue 4. Pages 1-13.

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