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Heal yourself with a walk in the woods

Getting over a breakup is one of the most challenging aspects of relationships. Whether you’re the breaker-upper or the broken up with, healing from a long-term relationship or back to square one after a couple of dates, the disappointment that things didn’t work out the way you’d hoped can be crushing.

So how can you help yourself feel better? Well, psychologists studying the effects of city living may have hit upon a solution. Taking a walk in open countryside, woodland, or even a city park, they say, can drastically improve your emotional health, put you in a positive frame of mind, and, wait for it, even make you feel younger.

Where you walk is the key factor that determines whether you’ll feel happier afterwards. A walk around the block or alongside a busy road can promote a tendency to brood or focus on the negatives of your situation. While a walk surrounded by fields, trees or parkland encourages you to arrive back home in a more optimistic frame of mind, and even to let go of worries.

If you live in a concrete jungle, do not despair. A separate study has found that having just a handful more trees within your line of vision can significantly boost your feelings of physical and mental health. So a walk down a tree-lined avenue, sitting in a quiet square beneath a solitary tree or just finding a tiny scrap of parkland might be all your need to lift yourself out of the doldrums.

Up your contact with nature quota:

  • Search for local walking groups on Facebook and meetups.com to discover groups walks you can join in with near you.
  • Use walkit.com to find low Co2, circular walks from wherever you happen to be. The app allows you to avoid main roads and spot little known areas of greenery near your location.
  • Look along the train line from your local stop. By going slightly beyond your usual stomping ground, you might discover green neighbourhoods or pockets of countryside not too far beyond your doorstep.
  • If you’re London based, check out parklifelondon.org for a comprehensive, map-based guide to finding little known green spaces all over the city.
  • Google ‘walking and mental health’ to discover more articles and tips on the subject.

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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.