You don’t need to strap on your hiking boots or your skis, just go and explore the blue and green spaces you work and live around every day.
It’s about making time to feel naturally happy and it’s easier than you might think.
Nearly 50 per cent of the Western World, and soon the entire World, will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and depression is set to overcome heart diseases as the biggest global health burden by 2020.
City people are increasingly stressed, leading sedentary lifestyles, sleeping less, working more and have increasing levels of debt.
There are simple things we can all do that will make a huge difference to the mental health and wellbeing of all.
Research has shown that spending time with nature is great for mental and physical health. Even 10 minutes three times a day changes everything.
Evidence proves it makes people happier, decreases feelings of depression and anxiety, improves concentration, buffers against stress, makes lives meaningful and reduces health inequalities related to poverty.
Spending quality time with nature will support your staff to feel happier and more productive.
Nature is the daisies growing through the cracks in the footpath, the trees on your walk to work, the sky outside your window.
What is not nature is sitting on a cushion, meditating or doing yoga in a sweaty room. Statistics show that those who meditate have greater likely hood of emotional breakdown than those who don’t.
Monks in the Himalayas take a lifetime to learn how to meditate and yet, we have classes that claim to teach it in an hour or two. This is not healthy.
A walk in nature was studied and compared to a walk in the city streets. The metabolic shifts and chemistry of each participant was measured
The difference was stark. People benefit from being in nature, not just the Himalayas, a local park will do it.