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MENTAL HEALTH – Take a walk on the wild side

How a walk amongst nature can improve both your physical and mental health.

Patients who suffer from a rare disease, such as Immune Thrombocytopenia, often experience higher levels of anxiety, stress, and depression.

Can a nature walk help?

There are many benefits of walking in nature. Researchers are finding more evidence that nature and walking significantly improve your mental and physical health. Not only do nature walks improve your heart and fitness levels, but they can have measurable mental health benefits.

Studies have found that group nature walks are associated with decreasing depression, improved well-being and mental health, and lower perceived stress. Getting into nature has been shown to affect physical, social, and mental health positively.

What are the benefits?

Walking in nature has been shown to have many health benefits, including:

  • Boosting your energy levels.
  • Reducing stress and anxiety levels. Studies have found that spending time in nature can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol & improve mood.
  • Improving cardiovascular health. Regular walking in nature can help lower blood pressure and improve heart health.
  • Boosting your immune system. Exposure to nature can increase the number of white cells in the body, which helps fight off infection and disease.
  • Enhancing creativity and focus. Being in nature can help improve attention and cognitive function, making it easier to focus and be more creative.
  • Improving overall well-being. Spending time in nature has been associated with improved self-esteem and overall well-being. The natural environment is full of sights, sounds, and smells that stimulate the senses and promote feelings of happiness and contentment.

In addition to the many physical and mental health benefits, walking in nature can be an inexpensive and great way to connect with friends and family. Whether going for a walk alone or with loved ones, nature can provide the perfect backdrop for meaningful conversations and quality time together.

 

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