The Healing Power of Woodland Walking: How Being in Nature Can Benefit Your Mind and Body

The Healing Power of Woodland Walking: How Being in Nature Can Benefit Your Mind and Body

Posted on the 27th of January, 2023.

Nature has always been a source of solace and inspiration for humans. From the earliest civilisations to modern times, people have sought out the natural world as a way to connect with something greater than themselves and to find peace and tranquillity. And one of the most powerful ways to experience the beauty of nature is through woodland walking.

Woodland walking is a form of nature therapy that involves taking a stroll through a forest or wooded area. It is a simple, free yet powerful activity that can have a profound impact on our mental and physical well-being. Here are just a few of the many benefits of woodland walking:

  • Stress relief: Walking through the woods can help to lower levels of stress and anxiety by reducing the body's production of the stress hormone cortisol. The natural environment, the fresh air, and the sound of birds and leaves can help to create a sense of calm and tranquillity. Of course, this may not always be the case if you are walking with a dog like Dexter who has a penchant for squirrels and can whip you around at breakneck speed at the first sight of a little furry tail disappearing up the tree!
  • Improved mood: Being in nature has been shown to boost mood and reduce feelings of depression. Studies have found that nature exposure can increase the release of happy chemicals like serotonin and dopamine in the brain.
  • Increased physical activity: Walking in the woods is a great way to exercise and improve overall physical health. Research has shown that people who spend time in nature are more likely to be active and have a lower risk of obesity. It beats being in a stuffy gym and running or being on a stationary stepping machine.
  • Greater sense of connection: Woodland walking can help to increase feelings of connectedness and to remind us of our place in the natural world. It can give us a sense of perspective and remind us of the beauty and wonder of the world around us.

As an artist, my works are inspired by nature and my daily walks and I believe that art can serve as a reminder to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with the natural world. I create art prints and greeting cards that are designed to bring the beauty of nature into your home.

So, whether you're looking to reduce stress, boost your mood, get some exercise, or simply reconnect with nature, woodland walking is a powerful way to experience the benefits of being in nature. And my art prints and greeting cards are a great way to bring a touch of nature into your

What do you do to relax unwind and take a step back from your busy life, what inspires you? Let me know in the comments.

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