Engaging in outdoor activities, particularly walking, has been extensively linked to various mental health benefits. Spending time in natural environments, including parks and green spaces, is associated with reduced stress and improved mood. The role of nature in enhancing self-esteem, mood, and overall psychological well-being has been shown in many studies. Walking in nature can provide even more health benefits, not only physical. Regular walks in green spaces has been associated with reduced activity in brain regions linked to mental health disorders.*
Commit to spending a half an hour each day going for a walk. Set a time in your schedule, either after dinner or in the morning, whatever works best for you and doesn’t add stress to your day. Planning a route might work best for you, or perhaps you prefer to wander and see where the walk takes you. Either way, the goal is to get to get outside and clear your mind.