5th July 2018
On the 70th birthday of the NHS, one of the key messages coming through from the healthcare sector in recent months is the importance of good mental wellbeing.
Part of good wellbeing is feeling happy, confident and engaged with the world around you. It helps us to function properly on a day to day basis and enjoy life.
More and more studies are now going into the benefits of good mental health and wellbeing, which include effects on life expectancy, recovery from illness, and life satisfaction.
The NHS has released their ‘5 steps to mental wellbeing’, which are simple yet effective:
Making use of green space that surrounds us can be paramount to our mental health and wellbeing. It provides a setting for people to keep active, socialise, to escape the stress of daily life, and to learn. The Land Trust has conducted research into the effects of green space on people’s mental health and wellbeing, which revealed that 9 out of 10 people asked, felt that our green spaces play a positive part in their happiness and wellbeing.
25% of the people asked in our study said that they use our green spaces to relieve stress, and over 50% use them for exercise, leisure and recreation. In fact, nearly 15,000 people took part in health activities on our sites in 2015/16. These included woodland workouts, Green Gyms, Nordic walking, Thai Chi and buggy walking.
We are committed to encouraging a healthy lifestyle and the positive effect that well-managed green space can have on this. In the long term, the more people who benefit from our sites with a healthy lifestyle and good mental health and wellbeing, the more we can reduce pressure on the NHS.
The NHS faces uncertainty about its future, with the demand growing, staffing shortages and increases in costs. Could encouraging the use of activity on green space relieve some of the pressure?
For information on future activities on our sites, please see below:
The Nordic walking here is great for getting you fit. We do a three mile route through the woodlands and you feel top of the world when you've finished.
Tom and Jean, Bentley Community Woodlands
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