Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mindful moment… A walk in time

Walking in woods can lead to a whole host of mental health benefits
Walking in woods can lead to a whole host of mental health benefits

Marianne Power

Autumn in my favourite time of year. The golden leaves, crisp air and the mellow light make the world look like a painting.

Last year I was so stressed with work that my favourite season passed me by as I stared into a laptop.

This year I am determined to make the most of each day, starting with daily walks around the park. Dozens of studies have found that walking in parks and woods can lead to a whole host of mental health benefits ranging from decreased depression, improved mood and lower stress. It also improves memory, concentration and creativity.

But mostly I love the fact that every time I step on crunchy leaves, I feel like a child again - and in that moment nothing else matters but kicking them up into the air and watching them as they flutter to the ground.

This is mindfulness.

* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

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