Why being outdoors is good for your mental health
According to the charity Mind, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in, and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England. We live in a high pressure, highly paced world, so it’s never been more important that we make our mental health a priority. Research has shown that spending time outside lowers stress, blood pressure and heart rate, while encouraging physical activity and buoying mood and mental health. In this post, we look at why being outdoors is good for your mental health.
What are the benefits of being outdoors?
Studies have shown that spending just 20 minutes in a park — even if you don’t exercise while you’re there — is enough to improve well-being. But what are the key benefits and why should you aim to spend more time outside?
It lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress
Spending time walking among or simply looking at trees lowers blood pressure and reduces the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline.
It improves mood
Researchers have found that nature simply makes us happy. Anxiety, depression and anger are notably decreased after spending time outdoors.
It improves focus
Studies show that both adults and children who have difficulties focusing or controlling impulses are better able to concentrate after being in nature. The natural world allows our brains to take a break from all that mentally drains us, and even reduces symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
It helps us heal quicker
Illness and surgery can be painful and frightening, which can increase stress and slow healing. However, researchers discovered that patients who spent time outdoors during their recovery required fewer painkillers, had fewer complications and experienced shorter hospital stays.
It supports graceful aging
According to a study in the Journal of Aging and Health, adults over 70 who spent time outdoors experienced fewer sleep difficulties, complained less about aches and pains, and enjoyed improved mobility and ability to perform daily activities.
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