Why walking in the woods is good for you
This year, the 10th-16th May is Mental Health Awareness week. And this year, the selected theme is ‘nature’.
Mental Health Awareness Week was started by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) 21 years ago and is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.
Mental Health Awareness Week is all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it. This year they (MHF) want as many people as possible—individuals, communities and governments—to think about connecting with nature and how nature can improve our mental health.
Walking is a great way to exercise. It’s one of the simplest ways to keep fit, it’s free and there’s no need for equipment. Combine that with time in the natural environment – which is good for us whether we’re exercising or not – and your physical and mental health are both set for a boost. This years mental health awareness week focuses on the importance of nature.
It’s time to escape the treadmill of daily life and swap the gym – or the sofa – for a regular walk in the woods. Read our blog on the main website to find five great benefits for our health and wellbeing by walking in the woods, plus top tips on what to take with you and how to add some variety to your woodland visits.