Extensive research has revealed that getting outdoors can help us to:
- Improve our cardiovascular health and fitness
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Sharpen short-term memory
- Concentrate better
What’s more, getting outside is particularly beneficial for people with visual and hearing impairments as they can experience multi-sensory sensations, from the smells of local woods to feeling the sand running through your fingers. Socialising outdoors can also help to combat isolation and reduce anxiety and doctors in Scotland are now issuing ‘nature prescriptions’ which include birdwatching, rambling and beach walks to help treat mental illness, stress, diabetes and other conditions!
How to get out and about
Get out in the open with a local walking route. If you’re not sure where to go in your local area, Ramblers.org.uk allows you to search by postcode. For a sunny day picnic, the National Trust lists its most highly recommended sites on its website, where you can also find Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to you.
If you prefer to stay closer to home, you can apply for an allotment with your local Council or even get outside in your own garden. Try keeping a “toy box” nearby too – fill it with tools for games you enjoy, such as tennis balls and hula hoops.
Get involved this Deafblind Awareness Week
Deafblind Awareness Week takes place between Monday 24th to Sunday 30th June. You can help Deafblind UK to raise awareness and fundraise by holding your own outdoor-themed event, such as:
- A garden party – shout about it on social media!
- A picnic with members and friends
- Taking part in a sponsored walk
We’re also holding a number of events across the UK during the week, such as our sponsored skydive and the Great East Swim . Whatever you do, don’t forget to ask us for a sponsorship form and a collection pot. For more information please contact us.