‘The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be’.
- Anne Frank
Nature therapy is based on the idea that people are connected to and impacted by the natural environment. A growing body of research highlights the positive benefits of connecting with nature. In a study conducted by Mind, a mental health charity organisation, a nature walk reduced symptoms of depression in 71% of participants, compared to only 45% of those who took a walk through a shopping centre. Just one step into nature has potential long-term benefits for our mental health.
Growing up in the rural Irish countryside surrounded by forests and green fields and a horticultural family business has given me a deep connection to nature and its healing powers. As I have got older and travelled the world my passion for the outdoors has grown immensely. From simple walks in nature, to hiking mountains, to mindfulness photography, I will share my favourite places and things to do outdoors to boost health and well being.