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What Are The Health Benefits Of Being In Nature?

Estate – 08.02.21


Something we have plenty of at Combermere Abbey is space; a wealth of lovely green areas for you (and your doggies, of course) to enjoy. There’s an abundance of health benefits of being in nature, and we’re going to tell you all about them.

Health Benefits Of Being In Nature

Studies have shown that spending at least 120 minutes in nature a week can be linked to good health and wellbeing. Known as ecopsychology, fresh air and the great outdoors is believed to be the perfect remedy to relieving stress. And after the turmoil of the past year, there’s never been a better time to treat yourself to a little R&R after lockdown lifts. Let’s look at the benefits of being surrounded by nature in more depth.

Boost Your Happy Chemicals

Enjoying nature walks and getting in some light exercise boosts your endorphins which triggers a positive feeling in your body and therefore improves your mood. A gentle stroll is a tried and tested method of improving your wellbeing, and at Combermere we have acres of gardens and grounds to explore and enjoy.

The Perfect Chance To Reset

Getting back to nature is the perfect way to reset after a stressful time. We highly recommend a Sunday morning step out into the woodlands to really take in your surroundings and let the fresh air work its magic. In one study by Mind, a huge 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside, changing from depressed, stressed, and anxious to calmer and more balanced. And it’s no surprise really! There’s no feeling quite like a good exhilarating walk, and you can then team this with other activities that help you to relax, such as reading in front of the fire, or playing board games with the family. A great mood booster all round.

Health benefits of being in nature

Improve Your Physical Wellbeing

As well as having a positive effect on your mental wellbeing, it’s also said that being in nature can help to improve your physical wellbeing too, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and the production of stress hormones. Research has found that even just having a simple plant in your room can have a significant impact on stress and anxieties, so just imagine the influence that immersing yourself within an entire woodland could have on your mental and physical state.

Stripping Back & Recharging

On the flip side of the coin, “nature deprivation,” occurs due to a lack of time in the natural world, which is often due to hours spent in front of TV or computer screens. This can cause a negative impact on your mood or result in a lack of altruism. Why not help combat screen time overload by leaving your devices safely locked away in your cottage or North Wing room, and spend some time exploring nature instead? When you draw your eyes away from the screen and to the outdoor world instead, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you can discover on your doorstep at Combermere Abbey. Expect to encounter wonderful wildlife and the most fantastic flora and fauna. It truly is food for the soul.

Getting Back To Nature At Combermere Abbey

If there’s one place that’s simply perfect for embracing nature, it’s Combermere. Our estate is synonymous with green space, and we even have a dedicated Woodland Walk for our visitors. Our grounds are hugely enjoyed by humans and their furry friends alike, and many of our guests take the chance to embrace the three R’s at Combermere Abbey: re-balance, revive and re-energise.

Whether you stay with your whole family in our self-catering, dog-friendly cottages, or with a loved one in our luxury North Wing B&B rooms, our open space will be waiting for you either way. When lockdown lifts, we’ll be ready for you, so book now on our website or get in touch with our team at [email protected] to enquire about purchasing an accommodation voucher.

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