A recent survey published on Gov.uk shows that spending just 2 hours each week in green spaces like country parks, woodlands, city or town parks, can be enough to have a real impact on our mental and physical well being…
Mind UK suggest ecotherapy as a tool to help manage your mental health.
Don’t worry, Ecotherapy isn’t complicated. It just means spending time in green spaces and/or bringing nature into your everyday life. The benefits include:
The science behind states that time spent in green spaces reduces the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol while boosting endorphins and dopamine production promoting happiness
If you work in an office or spend a lot of your time sitting at a desk working at a computer you may occasionally suffer from “mental fatigue”. Taking time out of your day to be outside – taking a walk in green spaces like a country park or even a city park, (Parks and Open Spaces in Belfast), it can have have a restorative effect. You’ll feel brighter and less tired and that in turn will improve your concentration and focus as well as helping with your physical well being.
Getting into nature doesn’t have to be hard work. There are lots of simple ways you can start to spend some quality time in nature.