Making an Impact

Most of us can relate to the ‘feel good’ from being outside and taking a moment to appreciate our surroundings. With a rise in mental ill health and lack of physical activity in our hectic modern lives we are looking for new ways of improving our well-being, and believe the natural benefits of outdoor recreation and ecotherapy are being overlooked.

I felt very emotional and overwhelmed, as well as totally inspired. I really did leave feeling like a different person.
— 2018 Mind Over Mountains Participant

Read more about the benefits via Mind and ideas to try in nature here>

For some people, the benefits of being outside need no explanation. We’re not proposing it as a miracle cure, but the evidence is increasingly proving why there’s much more to it than being in fresh air. A study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that:

  • people who walked for 90 minutes in a natural area, as opposed to participants who walked in a high-traffic urban setting, showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

  • city dwellers have a 20% higher risk of anxiety disorders and a 40% higher risk of mood disorders as compared to people in rural areas.

Mind Over Mountains offers experiences to reconnect people with nature and renew their personal resilience.

Read our article on the benefits of hillwalking via Merrell here>

I was apprehensive at first, but I needn’t have been. The team behind the event and other participants were so friendly and welcoming I soon felt at home. Our accommodation - Skiddaw House was set in remote and tranquil countryside and was the perfect setting for such an event. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone and found that my mind is certainly bigger than any mountain!
— 2018 Mind Over Mountains Participant