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Wanders in nature

At this time of year, I’m sure all you want to do is stay snuggled up in blankets with a cup of hot chocolate, but even in the cold days of January you’ve got to keep moving. Where better to do it than in a forest, surrounded by birdsong and towering trees. The whole place is teeming with life. If you still need persuasion to get up, then here are some reasons to get out into nature besides exercise.

Improved concentration

That’s right, if you are struggling with your mountains of studies, take a break to have a walk. It doesn’t have to be anywhere special, the local park will do. Studies from the University of Edinburgh have shown that 20 minutes of green space does your brain the world of good. It will also make you much more engaged with the world around you (listen up, daydreamers!)

It will de-stress you

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and blue, then nature is a brilliant remedy. Having a ‘forest bath’ will both greatly reduce the stress hormone cortisol and boost the happiness hormone serotonin.

It gives your eyes a break

They deserve it. How much time do you spend looking at screens? It’s good to let your gaze wander and zone out for a minute. This will both train and regenerate your eyes, as well as relaxing you.

If you’re finally persuaded but don’t know where to start, then check out the Forestry England website for forests near you. Let’s all grab a snack, wrap up warm and get walking!

By Soraiya Sudworth

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