Bio Blog - Beat those Winter Blues: Get Outside!
by Jo Wren, The Grow Project
At this time of year many of us struggle with ‘winter blues’ – the lack of sunlight and the short days all contribute to our general tired feeling. For some this is a minor blip, but for others it can be far more serious.
There is more and more evidence that being outside and connecting with nature has a beneficial effect on our mental health. For everything from lifting mood, relieving stress, increasing energy levels, reducing depression and improving cognitive functions – nature can be a powerful healer.
The advice of local wellbeing charity Grow
would always be to get outdoors as much as you can! Grow has been sharing this advice with people who struggle with mental health issues in Brighton & Hove and beyond for 8 years now.
Grow runs 8-week courses at Saddlescombe Farm to help people improve and manage their wellbeing on an ongoing basis, using nature as the remedy. People come together and connect with each other and with the outdoors, through a range of activities such as walking, conservation work, and meditation. The effects can be transformational – life-changing and in some cases even life-saving!
Grow’s next 8-week group will be starting at the end of February – see the website www.growingwellbeing.org.uk