Feel better outside, feel better inside
Posted Monday 1 August 2011
Being outdoors and getting into nature can give your mind a boost.
Research shows that those of us who are more active have a greater sense of wellbeing and have lower rates of depression and anxiety. Even simple activities like taking a stroll in the park, or some gentle outdoor exercise can have benefits for our mental wellbeing.
Over the next 18-months our Feel better outside, feel better inside poster campaign will help to show how introducing some regular outdoor activity can help you relax and take care of your mind.
Ideas for getting outside
When you are feeling low or depressed, getting the motivation to get out and about can be a struggle. But making that effort to be more active, especially when you are feeling tense, can help to relieve the pressure.
If you need some inspiration for outdoor activities, the Mind website has some fun suggestions to help you. Check out our outdoor activity picker for things to do this summer.
If you’re good with a camera why not enter our nature photography competition? Each month will see a new topic posted with a prize for the winning entry. You can enter from our Facebook page.
Need some extra help?
Since 2009, our Ecominds projects have been helping people with mental health problems get outdoors and become more active. With support from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG), there are 130 projects spread all over England as part of BIG’s Changing Spaces programme. Check out our map to find out if there’s a project near you.
Our network of local Minds across the country provide a range of outdoor activities. Many have long-established gardening and horticultural projects; some organise walking and cycling groups, and most offer access to support services and the benefits of user support networks. You can search for your local Mind on our website, and also find out what type of activities they provide.