Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Nature Has Benefits For Your Body And Your Mind.

It's so simple

Getting back to Nature has benefits for your body and your mind. 

When it comes to your health, take it outside. .

Spending time outdoors has proven wellbeing benefits from boosting your mood to reducing your blood pressure. According to a recent UK study those who spend two hours per week in natural environments – whether it’s a national park or your local park – are more likely to report good physical and mental health than those that don’t.

In a crazy last year that has forced us to bunker down at home, getting outside for a dose of nature has never been more important says Maz Miller a performance psychologist who specialises in walk-and-talk therapy.

For some the risks for depression are isolation, fear, heightened emotional state, catastrophising and feelings of helplessness about the future. A pandemic does tick all those boxes she said. “A simple way to counter this is to get outside and go for a walk. Even if your waving at others at a distance, it will still have a positive impact on your mental health.

As this pandemic goes on the call of nature grows stronger, here are some of the benefits you can reap from embracing the great outdoors.

Green Goodness

Can you find a leafy spot nearby? Green spaces are known to add to better mental health, sleep and physical activity. Also, studies suggest may reduce heart disease, high blood pressure & diabetes. The link between green space and health is particularly strong with a tree canopy. Even in built up areas green spaces such as nature reserves, parks and tree lined streets offer a connection to wildlife, cooling shade in summer and a visual respite from man made structures. The accumulation of these experiences in nature can help distract us from sources of stress, improve cognition and sleep quality, lead to increased physical activity, and keep us out of hospital says Associate Professor Feng.

Wild At Heart

There’s a reason spending time in the outdoors feels so relaxing. Nature and green spaces subtly calm our senses says Maz.

One Japanese study found that sitting or walking in a forest setting significantly reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as blood pressure and heart rate. At the same time parasympathetic nervous system increased, indicating a relaxed state. Even a view from a window has been associated with lower stress and higher job satisfaction among office workers.

It simply feels good in the natural world.

Natural Selection

You don’t have to live in the wilderness to feel the benefits there are plenty of ways to connect with nature.

Forest Bathing

The Japanese use this term for spending time mindlfully in nature. To try this head toa nature reserve or park and wander the trails, engaging your senses as you walk. An easy way to do this is simply pick out five things you can see, four things you can hear, three things you can feel, two things you can smell, one thing you can taste – suggests Maz. “It’s a quick way to bring you back to the here and now”.

 Gardening

Whether your planting herbs or potting up an indoor fern getting your hands dirty has a soothing effect. Gardening is a form of meditation.

If your adding greenery to your backyard or balcony, native plants such as grevilleas are not only easy to grow that attract native birds.

Earthing

Slip off your shoes and feel the grass under your feet or at the beach. Spending time barefoot in nature to connect to the earths natural charge is a practice known as earthing and studies show it can lower stress, improve sleep and reduce pain.

Bush Adventure Therapy

When was the last time you slept under the stars or abseiled down a cliff face? IN this unique therapy specially trained counsellors guide people on outdoor expeditions to help them work though issues ranging from chronic illness to trauma.

Outdoor Workouts

Take your fitness to the local park suggests Associate Professor Feng. With many gyms closed, green spaces can be a great alternative setting to work out in. There is some evidence exercising in nature might result in greater levels of benefit for mental health – she says.

Showing us humans how to relax.

Making new friends at Yelverton Brook.

Or simply holiday in a nature sanctuary

At Yelverton Brook you are guaranteed of lots of green spaces, meandering walk-trails, hydrotherapy under the star filled skies. Wildlife therapy on your doorstep a truly relaxing, recharging break away form your everyday life.

Detach from the world and reconnect with nature.

 

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