As the school holiday approaches we probably find ourselves hoping above all hope that the weather will be on our side. The truth is the weather is an unpredictable beast and all we can do is hope for the best, prepare for the worst and accept what we get. Good weather certainly makes almost all outdoor activities more pleasurable and certainly tempts us to stay outdoors for longer portions of the day but bad weather doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the great outdoors altogether. Alfred Wainright famously declared that ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing’ and perhaps this is an attitude we need to adopt more readily, shedding our fear and outrage of the rain and cold and embracing it as we wrap up and enjoy our time outdoors, despite what the weather throws at us.
The mental and physical health benefits of being outdoors far outweigh the inconvenience of wringing out clothes and emptying wellies that we may need to do on return from a particularly soggy walk. Being outdoors gives us a greater opportunity to disconnect from the abstract world of technology and manmade entertainment and brings us back to where we started. If you really want to flex your nature muscles try walking barefoot on the grass or sand as often as you can to drive forward the literal act of grounding. Even short bursts of time spent outside can improve our sleep, help us feel less stressed and more at ease. London has a vast array of green spaces, just one of the perks of living in or near this city, so we don’t even need to travel far to escape the concrete slabs of the pavements and surround ourselves with shades of green and brown, space and wildlife.
For more ideas of how to spend more time outdoors and the benefits of this try visiting the Practical Ways to Wellbeing section of the Wellbeing Hub.