Walking in Nature

“The power of pause is transformative. Amid the hustle, taking a moment to breathe, reflect, and recharge isn’t just a luxury – it’s a necessity” Willow Woolf

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Walking in Nature

How many of us look at our activity trackers to see how many steps of the 10,000 recommended we have done in a day?  Where did that magic number come from and why?  We know that keeping active is important for our heath, so walking is better than sitting down, but how much is really enough and does it matter where or how those steps are taken?

As it turns out, the 10,000 steps a day number came from a Japanese marketing campaign for pedometers back in the 1960s and while the NHS advises that just 10 minutes of brisk walking daily makes a difference, a study undertaken by Harvard Medical School published in May 2019, indicates that the first 7,500 steps are actually the ones that are the most beneficial for our cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health.  Suddenly 7,500 steps look more achievable – for some of us, that would mean a quick walking the dog before and after work or some fresh air at lunchtime, even if that means popping to the Post Office, just going about our daily lives. 

“The power of pause is transformative. Amid the hustle, taking a moment to breathe, reflect, and recharge isn’t just a luxury – it’s a necessity” Willow Woolf

We are so lucky here at our Winchester Clinic to be situated just outside the City but in a rural setting and in beautiful, restful premises.  The bluebells in the local woods have been stunning again and the spring blossom looks more magnificent this year it seems.  We have decided to hold some of our meetings as we walk in nature, and there is good reason for that – spending time away from the usual distractions is beneficial for creativity and positive interaction.

Spending time in green space or being present in nature is known to have significant positive effects on mental wellbeing.  It can be along a beach or coastline, in the woods, in the hills, up mountains, or across fields – the effects of walking in nature said to be felt for up to seven hours afterwards.  And it’s (mostly) free! 

 

Who has ever said they wished they had less energy?  Fresh air wakens your brain and boosts energy levels, so even if you don’t feel like going for a walk, you’ll be pleased you did when you get back.

Need a bit of a spirit or mood uplift?  Walking through green spaces can create a space for reflection which can reduce stress and quiet the soul, added to which, trees naturally give off wood essential oils called phytoncides which have a beneficial effect on our nervous systems.

Walking in nature provides opportunities to meet new people which is great for making friends and connecting with the local community.  Loneliness is known to be a growing malaise and nature can help combat those feelings – just seeing people enjoying the same spaces can help that feeling diminish.

Research shows that Ecotherapy (outdoor activities in nature) can be helpful for mild to moderate depression and we will be covering that in a topic next week so look out for Ashling’s feature next week.

Being outside in natural light, especially during the winter, can lift your mood. So if you, or someone you know, experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), spending time in nature may be beneficial.

Everyone’s experience with nature is unique, so find activities that resonate with you. 

Optimal Health Group are launching a MINDWORK Centre of Excellence right here in Hampshire this month and are proud to introduce one of the newest members of our team – Willow Woolf.  Willow, a Medical Herbalist, RTT Therapist and NLP Coach will be working alongside colleagues in the MINDWORK team to help clients who are facing challenges with their mental wellbeing.  Using techniques and technology – such as brain mapping, hypnotherapy and sound therapy – to create a bespoke treatment pathway, Willow and the team will be supporting clients through their wellness journey every step of the way.

If you want to know more or book an initial assessment, talk to our Care Team – 0330 223 6553 or email careteam@optimal-healthgroup.com.

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