Why does walking outdoors help when having counselling?
Mind, the mental health charity, highlight that walking in the countryside can help reduce depression and anxiety Their survey reported that 71% of people felt decreased levels of depression and less tense after a 'green' walk and 90% felt their self-esteem increase after a walk in the country.
The NHS and the Government echo the benefits of being outdoors in relation to psychological health and mental wellbeing. Any kind of exercise can help to reduce levels of stress, depression and anxiety.
What is walk and talk therapy?
It really is a simple and it's name, we walk and talk without the constraints of a telephone, an online platform or four walls. For some clients walking and talking allows them to start discussing their problems much more easily.
Clients set the pace of the walk and the distance they are comfortable with. Although we can leave from my front door and are instantly surrounded by the countryside and are unlikely to bump into a single soul so people are happier to meet in a local park or beach.
This form of therapy is suitable for all ages.