Friday’s Feel Good Therapy

 

Want some Free Feel Good Therapy? Then get your trainers on and get to your nearest wood or forest, because it’s there waiting for you and I guarantee you’ll be feeling great the minute you start walking amongst nature.

Anyone who follows my blog may know that I absolutely love nature and walking, so it’s a no brainer for me when it’s time to walk the dogs that I usually find myself heading for the local woods to get some of that FREE Feel Good Therapy.

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At the moment, my knees and myself have fallen out again so I’m having to give jogging a little break until they stop being so damn stubborn, or is that me?  These silly knees of mine don’t stop me from enjoying a fast 5k walk and some ‘good old meandering’ around my happy place.

Thankfully I don’t get any phone reception while I’m wandering amongst these beautiful giant trees so the only time I get my phone out is to take a photo.

It’s spring here in the UK and it’s beautiful.  Nature is waking up after the winter and I battle with myself, is this my favourite season?  I can never decide because there’s something to love about all seasons.  I walk through this wood during spring, summer, autumn and winter seeing and hearing very different things.  Today, the sun’s shining, glistening through the trees, there’s a slight wind making the tree tops sway, it’s quite cold, but I like it because it’s crisp and fresh.

Walking through the woods, if you listen carefully, you can hear so many different sounds…

The chatter of so many varieties of birds.  I hear the hoot of a distant owl, even in the daytime! Sometimes if you’re involved in your own thoughts or in conversation with someone else then you may not hear them, they’re just background noise, but if you look up and for a few moments concentrate, it’s quite deafening especially this time of year, mating season.

The scratching sound of a squirrel running up a tree beside you as you walk and if yourIMG_7694 eyes can follow the direction of the sound, it takes you to a little head bobbing around from behind the tree, then as we spy each other he or she takes off as quick as a flash up running along the branches, jumping amazing distances from tree to tree.  Not a great photo I’m afraid, they’re so quick!

The rustling at ground level, just off the path by your feet in the tall grass and shrubs, the sudden movement of the foliage maybe it’s a little mouse or a rabbit?

IMG_0200Remembering when we found a baby Owlet on the ground next to a tree, now that was a wonderful experience I wrote a post about it Here.

Your eyes catch a sudden spark of colour darting across your path, a couple of butterflies dancing, that’s got to make you smile.  You try to follow their direction, you can for a while, but then they’re off.

The thought that there are many deer in this wood, I’ve seen glimpses in the past, but not today.  It amazes me how such a large animal can stay so camouflaged.  I know they’re there.

Noticing the differences of the trees from my previous walks here.  Buds are beginning to burst open on the branches, the bare and sticklike formations are now waking up, stretching their limbs and will very soon be full of leaves.  I’m not an expert on trees, but can recognise some of the more common ones by name.  I wrote a post a while back called, ‘A World Without Trees?’ I’d done a little research and found out some fabulous facts about these gorgeous giant perennial plants.  We really couldn’t live without them.

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As I walk, my eyes everywhere, catching as much as I can, the dogs loving every minute as I do.  Rosie in particular is in her element bouncing along the paths always with a stick in her mouth and jumping into as many of the cool streams as she can with such a happy face.  You can’t help but feel alive, feel happy, content with life.

If you have woods near you, but find that you don’t particularly go there very often, give it a try, you’ll probably love it.  Important piece of advice… Leave your phone in your pocket or even better at home, this means you’ll enjoy the sounds, the rustles, look up and watch the trees sway in the sunlight and the sheer beauty that is nature, breathe in and fill your lungs with fresh air.  If it’s a well maintained woodland there’ll be notices, read them because they’ll most likely give you information about what birds, insects and animals live in that area, maybe they’ll tell you about the history of the place and what to look out for so you can imagine how the generations before us lived.

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No matter what my mood when I arrive at any woodland or any such place of natural beauty, I always leave content, smiling and calm because that’s what nature does, you can’t walk through a wood or forest, enjoy views across a lake without feeling happy and alive.

I usually end up carrying a few bits of litter to the bin in the carpark.  This balloon was wrapped around the base of a tree, looked like it’d been there a long time, but was stumping the growth of a little plant and it may have hurt some little animal.  My good deed for the day.

 

This is Greno Wood, classed as an ancient woodland.  One of my many happy places 😊

Do you walk around your local wood?  Where is it?  What do you see there?  What nature do you see?

Happy Friday Folks!!  

Hope you had a great day and enjoy your weekend 😍

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Me with Crazy Rose (left) and our beautiful, (late, but always remembered) Jenna 💕

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37 thoughts on “Friday’s Feel Good Therapy

  1. Hi Sam! Studies have shown that a walk in nature or sitting in the park can lower stress hormones. I’m about to go for a long run and am fortunate to have the Botanic Gardens, Southbank and the Brisbane River as my route. It certainly is Feel Good therapy. Have a great weekend. x

    1. Thank you Sue yes I had heard that & it’s absolutely true, I’m sure. Have a great run in what sounds to be a wonderful happy place 😊

  2. I enjoyed this post Sam as I sit in the Autumn morning sun down here in NZ 🙂 No walks for me today, as I am trying to get rid of a bug that seems to have attached itself to me!!

  3. Hi Sam,

    I just to a beautiful off road ride on my mountain bike this morning. The wildflowers are really popping. I always feel wonderful after a good hike or bike ride.

    Laura

    1. Totally with you there Laura! I love a good bike ride too. Just getting outside with nature no matter how we do it has to be a good thing 👍

  4. Hi, Sam – Your post offers a triple win (getting out in nature, moving….and spending time with our pets). Research repeatedly shows that all three have a long list of benefits. Combine them together and the positive effects are truly endless!

  5. We love walks through the woods, especially early in the morning as it feels so much fresher and alive then. Everything is so much better when you don’t have any phone reception too isn’t it?

    1. Yes I actually enjoy not getting phone reception, a little escapism I think 😊 oh I agree the morning is a great time to walk through a wood, the smells are amazing 😀

  6. ah knees… i’m with you on those pesky joints – can’t live with them… but yes to woods; methinks Dog and me will head for the Great North Wood which is a mile away and a bit muddy but, hey, it’s what it says on the tin, it’s in the middle of south London and I’m grateful for it

    1. Pesky is a very tame description for these annoying knee things 🤨 You have a big wood in the middle of London?! I never knew that’s great. Mud?! Gotta love a bit of mud 😂

  7. I love walking in the forest near my place every day Sam and can relate to this so much. I love being present when I’m walking and taking note of all the changes that happen. There’s nothing better than a walk in the fresh air and trees all around – I’ve just shared a photo on my facebook page with the quote by John Muir – And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul. Your photos are lovely and show a gorgeous looking place to spend your time.

    1. Thank you so much Debbie 😊 walking amongst the trees is so special, breathing in the fresh air & enjoying the smells of nature. Beautiful quote, perfect. ❤️

  8. I enjoyed that walk through the woods with you this morning Sam. Watching the butterflies dance, and listening to the birds sing, and observing the rebirth that spring brings – and all from the snuggly comfort of my bed down under where autumn’s bringing winter closer. I love how reading a blog post can transport one all over the earth!

    1. Awww thank you so much for reading 😊 yes I blog this blog world & reading posts from all over the world. I must catch up with yours! 😊 have a great day x

    1. You are so right!! Walking is a stress reliever and there’s scientific proof that walking amongst trees & green spaces is good for your wellbeing & stress levels ❤️ thank you so much for reading & commenting. Have a fabulous day 😊

  9. Lovely photos Sam. If you live in the moment, every season has it’s merits. We had our first frost today so winter is on it’s way and as cold as it was this morning, it’s still a beautiful day to be celebrated.

    1. Thank you Wendy. After a lovely start to our spring, we seem to have gone back to being cold again brrrr! But as you say, enjoy every day ❤️

  10. Thank you for taking us on this lovely walk through the woods. It’s one of my favorite things to do We’re currently in Krakow, Poland, and though it’s still chilly, the trees are beginning to show their glorious flowers. Soon we’ll be in Banja Luka, Bosnia, where we’ll have some outdoor adventures, and hopefully some woods walks. Happy spring, Sam!

    1. Oh wow that sounds amazing! I must make sure I’m following you on Insta to catch your photos. Happy adventures 😊🌸

  11. I’ve also been resting a knee for the last few weeks. It’s all the more annoying as I’ve only been running for a few months. I’m hoping to start again this week, but taking it really, really gently.

  12. Your phone must have worked overtime while out on your hike, Sam! I have a bad knee, too but walking still works and any activity is good for it as long as I don’t twist. I finally got out to our delta campground this weekend and had wonderful photo ops! Happy spring to you!

    1. Oh I feel for you, this knee thing is so frustrating. Thanks for reading & looking forward to more of your photography 😊 have a great day x

  13. Hello Samantha! I’ve visiting from #MLSTL. I found you through a comment you left on Sue’s blog. When I saw the topic of your post, I knew we’d be friends. 🙂 Nature is absolutely the best therapy–whether it’s hiking in the mountains, sitting by the ocean, or watching a storm from my patio. Thanks for sharing your experience and your photos. Have a lovely day!

    ~Christie

    1. 👋 Hi so nice to ‘virtually’ meet you 😊 Nature lovers are always friends of mine! Thanks for visiting & I’ll check out your blog 😀🌸🌸

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