Nature and Health

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Research shows what many of us already know through experience, that nature has health promoting characteristics. Neuroscience has proven that spending time in nature;

* reduces stress and lowers cortisol

* reduces anxiety and depression

* improves attention and focus

* reduces rumination

* triggers area of brain associated with empathy/stability/love

* induces meditative feelings

Research has also shown that urban environments can have a detrimental affect on us, triggering parts of the brain associated with fear and stress, whereas natural spaces trigger areas of the brain associated with love and empathy. Further, people who interact with green spaces most frequently have improved life expectancy and improved physical and emotional wellbeing.

Wild in the City aims to foster resilience in individuals and communities by introducing people to the health benefits of engaging with nature.

Emotional Wellbeing

* Nature is a wonderful emotional support system, we’re recommending a 15min conversation with nature everyday. Whether its during an activity, walking or simply sitting enjoying the feel of the wind against your skin, being mindful.

* We believe that having time out in nature is the perfect antidote to fast paced city living, helping us to relax, reinvigorate, refocus and be resilient.

Sense of belonging

We’re building a community of people who gather in nature to have fun, learn and feel good.

Learning traditional skills for living comfortably in nature, increases self-confidence and creates a sense of connection to communities past and present, generating a sense of belonging in the sharing and passing down of skills and knowledge. Time spent relaxing around the fire induces a reflective atmosphere which encourages honest and open conversation which is cathartic.

Wild in the City’s activities help individuals to feel more connected to people and places, developing individual wellbeing and community and family cohesion.

 

 

Physical Wellbeing

Our work takes place in parks and woods, supporting people to spend more time being physically active in settings which are beneficial to their health.

Tasks such as making things from natural materials mean that people focus in a meditative way on what they are doing, reducing stress whilst still being productive.  Bushcraft involves some degree of lifting, carrying, cutting and sawing providing physical exertion which can be gentle or vigorous, giving participants a workout in a woodland gym!

The woodland gym (calories burnt per hour);

Splitting wood 500 calories
Sawing 322/500 calories
Felling trees 371 calories
Clearing land/hauling branches 280 calories
Bird watching 175 calories
Butchery 210 calories
Smoking Fish 161 calories