5 reasons why walking outside helps my mental health
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) and the theme this year is Nature.
1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England.
Like so many people, my mental health is something that I am very aware of, from PND when my triplets were born to anxieties over the past 12 months, when we have all faced such challenges.
For me, getting outside each day is a form of escape, to breathe deeply and lessen the stress of things weighing on my mind.
Here are my 5 reasons why walking outside in nature is good for my mental health.
❤️ Physically feeling my heart rate elevate, my blood pulse and my skin flush, reminds me that our bodies are amazing and are capable of incredible things. Hearing the birds chirping and the trees moving. Feeling the sun on my face and the breeze in my hair. It's a full sensory and visceral experience.
🌳 Nature is beautiful and full of contradictions. It’s delicate and robust, fleeting and enduring. Taking time to appreciate my surroundings and watch the seasons change brings me wonder and joy.
💭 Being outdoors gives me perspective and helps me to restore balance. Under the wide sky, my concerns feel less significant. Focusing on where I am going, the steps and breaths I take, distracts my thoughts and brings me calm.
👋 Community of seeing other people, even with a distanced wave or simple greeting, reminds me that I am not alone.
🏠 Bringing a bit of fresh air back indoors when I get home keeps my mood lifted as I return to my reality.
How about you? What do you do to look after your mental health and what tips would you give someone who was experiencing anxiety, stress or any sort of mental health problem?