Why we all need a bit more fresh air.

Updated: Jun 14

According to a report by the Mental Health Foundation (in 2021) Nature can mean a very wide range of things. It can conjure pictures of an interconnected space, sweeping landscapes, forests, heathlands, the ocean and a network of relationships between plants and animals. Equally, there is a whole other perspective, on a smaller and much more accessible scale (for most people) which reflects bird song, the cycle of the natural world, green spaces, green verges and changes in the temperature and weather patterns (Bratman et 2012).

The interesting point is that whilst time outdoors is always time well spent, connectedness to our local natural environment is a key to how happy and contented we feel. Regardless of intensity, time or type of exercise; “When we have high levels of nature-connectedness we are often happier in life, feel our lives are more worthwhile and have lower levels of depression and anxiety (Capaldi A. et al, 2014; Richardson et al, 2021)”. So there you go!

We all I think sense that time spent outdoors is good for our wellbeing, but it is also now being linked to changes in behaviour, causing people to “seek out more opportunities to spend time with nature, and therefore experience its psychological benefits, and have a positive disposition towards the environment (Martin et al., 2020)”. Bit of a mouthful perhaps, but more simply put...like anything you enjoy, there is an element of safeguarding, preservation and protection. No surprise therefore, that the more you connect with nature the more pro-environment and pro-conservation measures you take! Fantastic feedback in our opinion.