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The Great Outdoors for Mental Wellbeing

We are already aware of the numerous benefits that being physically active can have on our mental wellbeing. A recent study has scientifically proven, for the first time ever, that being outdoors has a positive effect on our mental health. Not only can a walk amongst nature leave us feeling happier, but can improve our short-term memory by up to 20%.

Further insight reveals the many other benefits of being physically active outdoors, including:

  • Having fun
  • Escaping the pressures of everyday life
  • Connecting with nature
  • Feeling young

(Sport England: Getting Active Outdoors)

Those Who Run Case Studies

When documentary photographer Martin Eberlen was diagnosed with ADHD in his early 30s, he turned to running to help manage his condition.

The photographer wanted to hear stories from other runners, to find out how they had discovered their passion for running, and how the sport relates to previous experiences and their mental health.

After travelling the country to interview and photograph fellow runners, Martin created the photo series Those Who Run.

Find out more about the photo series here.