Can walking really boost your mood, and help you to deal with life’s stresses? For many the answer is, Yes.

A recent study was conducted that showed that university students who walked and did other easy to moderate exercise regularly, had lower stress levels than who did not exercise at all or those who exercised strenuously. Studies in Japan showed even better effects when walking in a park or forest.

Walking gives you time to think, as well as time to get away from things that stress us. Getting out of the stressful environment, breathing the air, and feeling your body move is natural stress-relief. We recommend some ways walking can relieve stress:

Taking a break: Putting a physical and mental distance between yourself and a stressful environment will help greatly, take a 15 minute walking break!

Loosen Up: Many people carry stress by tensing their muscles. By getting into your correct walking posture and form, you un-knot those muscles and put them to work.

Get Out of Your Head: Take a break from your internal worries. Observe the environment around you; enjoy the trees, flowers, birds, grass and sky.

Reconnect With Your Physical Body: Think about from head to toe how your body is working as you walk along. You could even practice breathing techniques and work on your walking form.

Burn Calories From Stress-Eating: Walking is a good way to burn calories without having to change into workout gear. Get up and get moving.

Time to Think: Taking a walk will increase blood flow to your brain. It gives you time to consider different aspects of your problems away from the distractions of your office or home. Creative ideas and solutions may flow more easily.

Talk and Laugh: Walking with a friend will distract you from the things causing your stress. Let them entertain you and bring out your happy side. Be silly. Have fun.

Lower Your Blood Pressure: Stress can be a factor in high blood pressure. Studies have shown that walking can lower your blood pressure and reduce your heart health risk.

Walk in a Forest for Increased Stress Relief: Studies found that walking in a natural environment had greater effects for stress relief than walking in an urban setting.

Walking Boosts Mood and can relieve Depression

Walking and other exercise leads to the release of the body’s natural happy hormone — endorphins. Walkers who walk at a brick pace to raise their heart rate will notice this effect more than those who walk at a slower heart rate pace. But even at a slower pace, most people notice an improvement in mood.

Many physicians recommend adding regular walking and exercise as a natural treatment to relieve a bout of depression. The cause of depression is related to brain chemistry. By getting your brain to release more of the happy chemicals — the endorphins — you achieve naturally what many prescription drugs and herbs try to do artificially.

The Dower House is the perfect place to get away from life stresses and take some time to unwind. With our location being in the heart of Thetford Forest, you will be surrounded by trees and nature, and a lovely long walk is just a couple of paces away from camp.

For an even more relaxing experience, why not book out one of our luxury glamping bell tents? All you will need to bring is yourselves, your clothes and a bit of food, and you will arrive to an already set up tent, complete with pine double bed and linens. Also including hammock, tables and chairs, cooking equipment, and all set in your own private area.

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