Group nature walk isn’t just beneficial to the body, but the mind; this ancient mind healing walk acquired scientific support of recent from a study carried out on ‘Walking for Health,‘ a British program with thousands of participants.
The study says taking part in a group walk in nature is associated with better mental well-being; most beneficial to those who had been through heartbreaking moment such as bereavement and divorce.
We hear people say they feel better after a walk or going outside but there haven’t been many studies of this large size to support the conclusion that these behaviors actually improve your mental health and well-being,” Sara Warber, one of the study’s authors, said.
A group of people who took part in the group nature walks was compared with a control group, and results were gathered by the researcher over a period of three-month. Researchers gathered that those who took part in the group nature walks were with less depression, and better mental well-being.
Other studies are been conducted on the importance of the natural environment for our mental health. Another popular example is the Japanese’ shinrin-yoku, which means ‘forest bathing.’
Walking is an inexpensive, low risk and accessible form of exercise and it turns out that combined with nature and group settings, it may be a very powerful, under-utilized stress buster, Warber added.
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Our findings suggest that something as simple as joining an outdoor walking group may not only improve someone’s daily positive emotions but may also contribute a non-pharmacological approach to serious conditions like depression.”
Further reading: Warber Sara L., Marselle Melissa R.: Examining Group Walks in Nature and Multiple Aspects of Well-Being - Ecopsychology. September 2014, 6(3): 134-147.