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The Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors and Enjoying Nature

16 Mar 2023 0 Comments
The Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors and Enjoying Nature
Spending time outdoors and enjoying nature is a simple but effective way to improve mental and physical health. Whether it's listening to birds, going for a stroll in the garden or taking a long walk, being outside can reduce feelings of restlessness, improve sleep, and regulate appetite.

If mobility is an issue, a wheelchair can be used to enjoy the sense of calm and peace that being outside brings. Here are some tips for planning and enjoying a walk with someone who may need additional support:

You'll need:
1. A wheelchair if mobility is an issue

The activity:
1. Plan ahead if possible, and start talking to the person you're walking with about the walk to get them ready for it.
2. On the day, give them lots of notice that you'll be going out. Grab coats and anything else you might need.
3. As you walk, find a balance between giving the person quiet time and encouraging them to engage with their surroundings. Point out interesting things like flowers, trees, and animals.
4. When you stop to see things, make sure you move around to where they can see you as you talk. If someone is in a wheelchair, touch their shoulders gently every now and then so they remember you're there.
5. Walk for as far as you're both comfortable with, bearing in mind that you need to get back too, then turn around and head for home.

Top tip:
If someone feels particularly unsettled indoors and you know they love being outside, try to make these outdoor trips a regular planned thing. Remember, the best ideas are often the simplest, and they don't cost a thing!

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