Nature’s Hidden Secret: A Powerful Antidote to Modern Stress and Anxiety says Stress Prevention Expert

Nature’s Hidden Secret: A Powerful Antidote to Modern Stress and Anxiety says Stress Prevention Expert

Research published by the Mental Health Foundation and YouGov shows that 74% of people feel so stressed that they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope, while Statistica reports that inpatient hospital admissions caused by stress-related illnesses in the UK cost around £8.13bn.¹

According to stress prevention specialist Paula Ruane, there are therapies and activities that individuals and groups can take part in where people can learn the skills that they need to tackle stress and help prevent it in the first place. Now that Summer has arrived, one of the simplest activities that people can take part in, whether as an organised activity, as part of a therapy session, or simply getting up and out, is walking in nature. 

Paula Ruane said, “Walking in nature is the simplest, easiest, and one of the most effective and natural antidotes to stress and anxiety.” Paula continues, “Solution-focused walking therapy and ecotherapy are two approaches that combine therapeutic techniques and walking in nature that are highly effective on a 1-2-1 basis, or in groups, but simply getting out into the countryside can be a highly effective stress prevention strategy.” 

Scientific evidence strongly supports the effectiveness of walking therapy. Numerous studies² have shown that regular walking can improve both physical and mental well-being. Walking therapy has been found to reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression, while also improving cardiovascular health and overall fitness levels. The simplicity and accessibility of walking make it an excellent option for individuals of all ages and fitness levels seeking effective therapeutic benefits.

Stress not only affects our mental wellbeing, but also has a significant impact on our physical health. Constant stress can lead to a weakened immune system, increased blood pressure, and a higher risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease, headaches, muscle tension, and fatigue. Furthermore, prolonged stress can weaken our immune system, making us more susceptible to illnesses. Stress can contribute to anxiety, depression, and difficulty concentrating. 

Paula Ruane said, “By taking steps to identify and address stressors before they become overwhelming, individuals can reduce the negative impact of stress on their lives. Engaging in regular exercise, pro-active emotional self-regulation techniques, and fostering healthy relationships are just a few ways to proactively manage stress.”





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