MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
Spend time in nature
This year the Mental Health Foundation are seeking to create awareness and understanding of anxiety, a common mental health problem.
Spending time in nature in the peace and quiet of the countryside and breathing fresh air has a positive impact on our wellbeing. Connecting with the natural environment is a perfect way to escape from the pace of daily routine. The natural world can help us feel more relaxed, less stressed and to sleep well.
Nature is for everyone 🐞
Research on ecotherapy, a treatment involving outdoor activities, has demonstrated how it helps in counteracting mild to moderate depression by combining regular physical activity, social interaction and being immersed in nature.
Taking regular exercise such as walking, simple stretching and engaging in breathing exercises, can have remarkable effects on reducing anxiety. Exercise also offers numerous benefits that reach beyond anxiety reduction. It helps safeguard against various cancers, heart disease, and chronic health conditions, while also promoting strong bones and boosting the immune system. Additionally, exercise has the ability to alleviate depression, anxiety, and stress, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, and enhance confidence.
Gateway to the Peaks
Wildhive Callow Hall is located at the gateway to the Peak District National Park with miles and miles of trails from undulating countryside rising to breathtaking peaks, with hedgerows, streams and wildlife in abundance. The Peak District National Park is often called 'the lungs of the country' because of its central location between several cities.
“It was a founding principle of the National Parks movement that access to open space not only enhanced quality of life, but physical and mental wellbeing as well. This view is now being backed up by a wide range of qualitative and quantitative evidence, which tells us that spending time in the natural environment has huge potential in terms of improving physical and mental health, lowering blood pressure, increasing cardiovascular health and improving mood.”
Julian Glover, Landscape Review for DEFRA 2019
Wellbeing at Wildhive
At Wildhive there are many opportunities to spend time close to nature in 35 acres of wildflower meadows, woodland and gardens. We encourage you to enjoy these spaces and the wider landscape of the Peak District beyond, whether that is sitting quietly and reading or walking or cycling one of the many trails.
With a choice of Hives tucked away in the woodland or homely bedrooms in the house, our kingsize beds with pure cotton linen, ensuite bathrooms and Robert radios will provide the perfect night’s sleep.
Yoga and Sound Therapy classes take place in the Coach House along with relaxing treatments, sauna and interactive gym. We will shortly be announcing 2 day and 4 day Wellbeing Retreats. If you are interested in attending, please register your details with Reception.
Managing anxiety through nature
Spending time with animals and wildlife is known to have positive effects on overall well-being. Scientific studies have shown that engaging in activities that involve observing and interacting with wildlife in their natural environment, such as bird-watching in a garden, can enhance feelings of well-being, relaxation, and connection with nature. Benefits can be seen from simple actions such as tending to flowers in a window box or taking a stroll through the woods.
However, if feelings of anxiety continue to impact your daily life or are stopping you from what you set out to do, it is important to seek support.