No surprise to hear that research has found contact with nature is soothing, restorative and good for mental health. The School of Public Health at the University of Washington and Nurses Healthy Study surveyed over 100,000 women finding that the women who live in greener areas have a 12% lower mortality rate than those who live in polluted environments. Having access to green spaces where you can exercise and be active also plays an important role in having a healthy lifestyle.
We live in Le Morvan, Bourgogne in a sea of green, surrounded by forests and ancient woodland. We enjoy the freshest air in Europe and never miss the opportunity to go for a walk even in the rain!
A walk first thing clears my head, I drink in the views, enjoy the solitude and it sets me up for the day. A quick break outside mid afternoon gives an energy boost and if I am looking for inspiration it even helps me problem solve and come up with ideas.
A walk in the peaceful green woods, with trees towering cathedral like high above is great therapy.
The fact that a village 10 minutes away has the highest amount of people aged over 90 in the area seems to endorse the research. One old lady celebrated her 105th birthday with a glass of champagne and a big piece of cake, putting her longevity down to eating everything and of course, the fresh air!
Nature really is the best therapy and it’s free. So never mind how big your patch of green is, get out there and enjoy it!