The summer has flown by, and the kids will soon be back in school. We know teachers have already been busy planning for the 2018-2019 academic year. But if you’re still looking for ideas and inspiration to take learning outdoors, read on!
I’m not a natural runner and I certainly don’t enjoy running. But when I’m feeling stressed, I (reluctantly) grab my running shoes and head outdoors for a run. Because I may dislike running, but I do like that feeling I get afterwards.
Last week we welcomed a group from Calon Cymru Fostering. And this week, a group from Young Carers ROOTS project in Bridgend. Both organisations were looking for activities for their community groups, so they came to us. Keep reading to see how they got on, and for more info about our community group activities South Wales.
Today I welcomed pupils from Tai Education Centre in RCT to our Bridgend Bushcraft Basecamp.
The pupils had focused on a survival topic this term in school. So to finish the topic and celebrate the end of term, pupils got to put in to practice the survival skills they’d learnt in the classroom.
We feel better when we spend time outdoors in nature. It’s good for our physical and mental health.
Ever wondered how nature is good for us?
Florence Williams explores this in her book: The Nature Fix – why nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative.
Watch Florence’s short video below to see what happens to our bodies when we spend just 5 minutes in nature (hint: it’s incredible!)
We know that the outdoors is good for us. But research shows that even looking at trees and nature has health benefits.
What the research shows
A study in Seoul looked at workers who could see forest views from their workplace, and those who did not have a forest view.
According to a 2016 CIPD report, stress is one of the leading causes of employee absence in the UK.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)’s 2016 Absence Management survey reports the following:
- Short-term absence: stress is the second most common factor
- Long-term absence: stress is the number one most common factor
April is Stress Awareness Month. Its purpose is to highlight the causes of stress, it’s effects, and share information on how to relieve stress.
So this month, we want to share with you some information about stress, and useful links to resources on how to relieve stress. In particular, we’ll focus on how being outdoors and in nature can help boost your wellbeing and lower stress.