Our top 10 reasons why getting out in nature is GREAT for your mental well-being

It doesn’t need to be a huge thing either – even just nurturing a plant in your room, tending to a window box or playing with a pet outside can really bring positive gains to your sense of mental well-being.  If you can’t get out to nature, see if you can bring a bit in to your home!

There’s no doubt that getting out for a daily walk provides no end of benefits for both mental and physical well-being. Here are our top ten reasons why we should all be getting out in nature more:

  • Being in nature improves our general mood
  • Getting out in nature ‘grounds’ us. It helps us connect to something bigger than us, it helps us to put things in perspective.
  • Walking in nature reduces feelings of stress or anger
  • Being in a ‘green space’ can help regulate anxiety or anxious feelings
  • Helps us take time out and feel more relaxed
  • A good walk can improve our confidence and self-esteem
  • A daily walk helps us be more active and therefore physically fitter
  • Exposure to sunlight and vitamin D helps combat symptoms of Season Affective Disorder (SAD) and helps keep your serotonin levels up. This helps raise your energy and keeps your mood calm and positive.
  • Increasing oxygen to your brain boosts your energy, overall vitality and sharpens your focus
  • When you’re out walking in nature, your body releases endorphins that interact with the opiate receptors of the brain. This can reduce the perception of pain and increase a sense of wellbeing.


Did you know that…. Even if we might not be able to physically ‘get out’, just a glimpse of a landscape can change how we feel. It gives us the opportunity to slow the pace, to be ‘present’ in the moment. Even just looking at a natural scene is good for our health.