Mental Health & Being Outdoors

The benefits of quality time in the great outdoors to improve mental health

Research generously and continuously supports ecotherapy as a key benefit to mental health.

In fact, just the suggestion of nature seems to improve human mental health.

A study carried out by Mind found that 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outdoors. They noted a change from depressed, stressed and anxious, to calm and balanced.

Numerous other studies have supported the mental health benefits of the great outdoors, especially when connected to exercise, such as hiking, cycling and running. 

Here’s what you should know about how hiking and the great outdoors improves wellness.  

The mental health benefits of the great outdoors 

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Natural environments have been found to have restorative elements, which can ultimately give your mental health a boost.

The following mental health benefits give you ample reason to get out and get active. Your mind and body will benefit. 

Ecotherapy in South Africa

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Ecotherapy, also known as nature or green therapy, comes from the belief that people and their psyches are not separate from their environment.

As such, connection with the Earth is a core part of ecotherapy. It recognizes the mental health benefits of the great outdoors and seeks to connect its participants with them.

South Africa has numerous options for those seeking to experience the mental and physical benefits nature provides.  

Hiking

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Believe it or not, people travel from around the world to experience hiking and trekking in South Africa.

Here are some top hikes to experience during a stay in South Africa. You’ll see firsthand how hiking improves wellness. 

Kruger National Park 

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There’s no shortage of activities in South Africa and Kruger National Park which is located just 17kms from White River Manor is one of the best destinations to experience activities in the great outdoors. 

Located in northeastern South Africa, Kruger is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. While you may think it’s reserved purely for safaris and game drives, there are also plenty of ways you can experience the park whilst staying active.

Here are some ideas. 

Cycling 

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Cycling is renowned for its positive benefits to mental health and just like hiking, cycling in South Africa provides amazing scenery as well as a way to see the country. 

There are some excellent cycling routes for beginners and pros along the banks of the White River and throughout the region of Mpumalanga, from easy flat 3km trails to pro mountain bike trails.

Nature looks after you

With just 20 to 30 minutes spent in nature each day, ecotherapy will help towards improving your mental health and wellness.

There’s no excuse NOT to get outside and get active. And South Africa boasts a huge range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and walking safaris.

Contact us today if you’d like a confidential and free chat with one of our highly-trained professionals.

Posted on May 15th, 2020 by

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