Posted by: frankjwalker | March 4, 2017

Take a Walk In Nature…

 

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New Scientific Support for Old World Remedy

 

Taking group walks in nature is associated with better mental well-being and lower stress and depression, a new large-scale study finds.

  • Body and Mind

The study is one of the first to show that simply walking in nature doesn’t just benefit the body, but also the mind.

  • Behaviors Improve

The study’s authors, said:

“We hear people say they feel better after a walk or going outside but there haven’t been many studies of this large size to support the conclusion that these behaviors actually improve your mental health and well-being.”

Over a three-month period, taking part in the group nature walks was associated with less depression, lower perceived stress and higher mood and mental well-being.

  • Stress Buster

Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster.

  • The key

Walking in nature seems to be one of the keys to getting the most mental benefit; urban environments do not provide the same boost.

Much modern research is starting to pick up on the importance of the natural environment for our mental health.

 

 

Source:
http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/09/an-ancient-way-to-heal-the-mind-finds-new-scientific-support.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PsychologyBlog+%28PsyBlog%29

Questions?

Frank J Walker LMFT

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