Get outside

It’s time to embrace the natural world!

Have you ever felt stuck in a mundane routine, craving a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Perhaps it’s time to get outside, reconnect with the world around you, and embrace the beauty of nature!

There is something truly magical about stepping outside and breathing in the fresh air, feeling the sun on your skin, and hearing the peaceful sounds of birds chirping and leaves rustling in the wind.

Do i really need to get outside?

Engaging with nature has been shown to have numerous benefits for both physical and mental health. Research has found that spending time in nature can reduce stress levels, improve mood, increase creativity and productivity, and even boost the immune system. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to exercise and explore new places.

Nature and mental health go hand in hand, with clear links emerging that reinforce what we’ve always known; being outdoors is good for the mind, body, and soul. After all, humans have been adapting to outdoor life, alongside the rest of the natural world, for hundreds of thousands of years. In fact, we’ve only settled down in the last few thousand years! So, it makes sense that we have a close bond with the outdoors.

How can I embrace the outdoors?

Whether it’s taking a hike in the mountains, a swim in the ocean, or a simple stroll through a park, there are endless ways to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. You may even discover a newfound appreciation for the world around you, and a desire to protect and preserve it for future generations.

If you’re a total newcomer to the outdoors, then welcome! We recommend your first step is to read the countryside code, and maybe brush up on some water safety. If you’re feeling a little more confident, or really want to push yourself, try one of our circular walks. Or if you’d like some family fun, check out some of our previous blog posts to find some family friendly activities.

Of course, we know starting a new hobby isn’t always easy. So, we recommend starting with a walk in a park. It’s something almost everyone can do, and it’ll help build your confidence. From there you could look on a map and find somewhere a bit more adventurous. Ordnance Survey have some great online resources and free online mapping tools, as well as advice on walking for beginners.

If you want to reconnect with nature, our rivers are the perfect place to engross yourself in the outdoors and boost your mental health. Plus, they’re free to visit and open 24 hours a day.

So, what are you waiting for? Get outside today!