Benefits Of Nature

Benefits Of Nature

The benefits of walking in nature can be felt for up to 7 hours afterwards…

You’ve probably had that feeling of needing to get out into nature when things get a bit much. Or is that just me? There are many ways in which it can help with your emotional, mental and physical health. It helps you to focus on the positives of your life. Some studies show that it can affect our ‘broodiness’ state. Not the one where we’d like to produce mini me’s, but the mood which has us dwelling on the same unhelpful thoughts. Sometimes called a broken record. These tips will inspire you to get moving.

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TAKING A MINDFUL WALK IN NATURE WILL ENHANCE THE BENEFITS EVEN MORE. HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HOW YOU CAN BRING MINDFULNESS INTO YOUR WALK.Walking slowly and taking in everything that your senses can pick up will support bringing you in to the present moment, helping you to dissolve all your cares and worries. Listen to the insect and animal sounds, observe the movement of the grass, smell what scents are carried on the breeze.

 

Find a space, which has plenty of trees, plants or flowers. Find something that you are attracted to and observe it in the smallest of detail for 5 minutes.

Imagine that you are an insect or wild animal and what it would be like. What would you be aware of?

Gather natural elements from your walk; feathers, leaves, twigs and flowers. Make yourself a gift of expression as a memory of your walk. Have fun with it like a child, rather than making something to impress.

SHINRIN-YOKU

The Japanese have been practising this since the eighties. It means ‘forest bathing’ and these are gentle walks between 2-4 hours long that support wellbeing through sensory immersion in forest and naturally healing environments. It has become a popular preventative healthcare and healing method in Japanese medicine. The good news is that you don’t have to go as far as Japan to have a similar experience. There are some options in the UK as it becomes an increasingly popular interest:

Forest Holidays offer several locations including accommodation packages.

Shinrinyoku offer forest bathing in Yorkshire

Forestbathe offer forest bathing in the Forest of Dean

Great news if you already enjoy a walk in nature. And if you’re looking for something that is good for your all round wellbeing, that you can do all year round, don’t want to get sweaty or pull a muscle in the gym, why not start walking today.

“In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks”
— JOHN MUIR

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