Yesterday I took my daughter for a chilly but beautiful walk in Tandle Hill Country Park in Oldham. It was just what we needed after being cooped up earlier in the day. We both felt brilliant.
For those who love nature, it will be no surprise to learn that studies have found nature-based therapy dramatically improves mental wellbeing, so if you regularly feel under par, get yourself out there into nature more often. Many of us live in urban areas and rarely see a forest, mountain or waterfall, and it’s having detrimental effects on our health. Giving yourself a hefty dose of vitamin “green” has potent effects on:
- how our cells function
- our immunity
- our brain and nervous system
It’s even been found that post-surgical patients have improved recovery if exposed to a natural scene from the window of their room.
As for forest walking, studies find it has beneficial effects on:
- heart and lung health
- blood pressure
- immunity and inflammation
- blood sugar balance
- cognitive function
- balancing emotions
So even though it may be cold, drag yourself away from that screen.
Your body and mind will thank you for it.