When you want to clear your head, it’s often the great outdoors we embrace. It’s a simple and free way of introducing self-care into your daily routine. In regards to your mental health, walking may help improve self-perception, self-esteem, mood and sleep quality as well as reducing stress, anxiety and fatigue. Studies have found that physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed (walkingforhealth.org.uk).
Going outside for a walk not only helps your mental health but it also has a number of physical health benefits. The NHS recommends that a brisk 10 minutes of walking a day can help you to build stamina and help make your heart healthier (nhs.uk/live-well).
Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks and not only is this a good way of keeping active but by joining a local walk, you may make new friends. Alternatively, why not plan your own walking route? This could form part of your daily commute or it could be a weekend leisure activity. Ipswich is fortunate to have a number of local parks that you can explore such as Holywells Park, Alexandra Park, Christchurch Park, Ravenswood Park and Landseer Park to name a few. You could choose to explore on your own, or you could take some friends and family and make the most of the weather by having a picnic. Whichever you decide, may sure you are keeping safe and maintain contact with someone in cases of emergencies. Happy exploring!