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.
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.