Whatever the Weather

Social Prescriber, Carol Stockman, talks us through how you can improve your health and wellbeing this summer, whatever the weather.

What’s the weather going to be like? It’s a question that many of us ask on a daily basis especially when we are thinking of getting outdoors (alone, hosting a small gathering or meeting family and friends). Alfred Wainwright (author and avid walker) said,  “There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

So as our British summer is here what can we do to improve our health and wellbeing, whatever the weather and wearing suitable clothing and not forgetting the sunscreen!.

·       How about a trip to the woods. Studies suggest that trees can boost our happiness levels.

·       Grow something. You don’t need a garden - a window box or pot will do.

·       Make time for a walk each day.

·       Have your first cuppa of the day, sitting outside if you can. If not open up your window and sit next to it – listening to the birds.

·       Draw or paint outside.

·       Take a photo of nature each day.

·       Take a picnic to the park.

·       Watch the stars at night.

·       Exercise outdoor (stretching or yoga) or do you have an outside gym in your local park. They are great fun.

·       Join a ‘walking for health’ group.

·       Are you a member of the National Trust. Local national treasures have glorious gardens and outdoor spaces.

·       If you don’t have a garden or nearby public space the sounds of nature can benefit you. There are lots of apps and free services online or you could immerse yourself in nature documentaries on the TV.

Research shows that even two hours each week in nature makes a positive difference to wellbeing. So……have a safe summer, whatever the weather.