Getting into the great outdoors has long been recommended to help improve an individual’s mental health and well-being. In fact, according to research conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, almost half (46 per cent) of people living in the UK said that visiting green spaces helped them to cope with COVID-19 restrictions.
As a company that promotes spending time outside, Jans Lifestyle is a huge advocate of the positive effects nature can have on all aspects of a person’s health.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re taking a closer look at the relationship between nature and mental health.
Helps Relaxation and Mindfulness
Taking the time to acknowledge your surroundings encourages relaxation and a sense of mindfulness. Imagine waking up in the morning after camping outside under the stars and indulging in an alfresco breakfast while immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and smells all around.
Cold water swimming is an activity that has also taken off in recent years and is it any wonder when we look at the mental health benefits. Taking a dip in cold water activates the body’s fight or flight response and as you repeat the exercise, the stress response gets less and less. By having greater influence over your stress response, you’ll be better able to cope with life’s challenges.
Connect with Others
An important aspect of looking after your mental health is connecting with others. Organising a road trip with your family, friends or significant other can be a fantastic way to do this.
Getting out on the open road accompanied by your favourite people can lead to a real sense of adventure and can bring you closer to the people most important to you, thus aiding your mental health.
Ignite Excitement by Trying Something New
When was the last time you tried something new? In our busy lives, it’s difficult to set aside time to try new things but the excitement and self confidence that often comes along with it, can assist positive mental health.
Think of how good it would feel to be able to stand up on a paddle board for the first time. Additionally, when our minds are preoccupied with learning new skills, we’re less likely to give attention to the stressful things in our lives.
Change Your Perspective
Spending time in nature can be a fantastic reminder that we’re all part of something greater. Taking in the natural world exactly as it is, can change your perspective and sometimes, that’s all we need when we’re coping with stress or a dip in mental health.
Watching a beautiful sunrise on the beach or sitting on a green area counting the stars can be enough to boost endorphins, so try it the next time you’re camping or going for an early morning session on the paddleboard.
Contact the team at Jans Lifestyle to find out more about the benefits of the great outdoors or visit the website: www.janslifestyle.co.uk for all your equipment. Please let us know how getting out into nature has helped you cope with life’s challenges and why you would recommend it to others.