Spending time in nature can help your mental and physical health, learn more about how you can explore the outdoors in Exeter
Why should you spend time in nature?
Spending time in nature is really important for your physical and mental health. Today is University Mental Health Day and in conjunction with your University, your Guild recommends that you take some time for yourself today. Spending time outdoors has been proven to reduce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. It is recommended that we spend at least 120 minutes per week outside in a natural environment. Find out more about how nature can help mental health with these resources from Mind, and in this article.
In Exeter we have some lovely places to get outside and appreciate nature. Here we recommend just five of the many great spots:
- The University grounds – these are a haven for wildlife, and if you wander into a peaceful corner you may come across some beautiful birds
- The Quay – an Exeter trademark, come here to spend some time with the river and the birds who make it their home!
- Mincinglake Valley Park – admire the views of Exeter and explore the woodland
- Belvidere Meadows – explore this nature reserve, just behind the Holland Hall residence
- Riverside Valley Park – enjoy the peace of walking along the canal, and venture to Double Locks Pub for refreshments afterwards!