Defining wellbeing

For my generation wellbeing was perhaps more concerned with the physical aspects of life; you were either a well being or you weren’t.

Defining wellbeing, for those of you who may not know, is “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy”.

So, now you know let me ask you two questions –

  1. Is enjoying a state of wellbeing something that’s important to you?
  2. Would you consider it beneficial to invest in activities to improve your wellbeing?

If the answer to both those question is “yes” then read on to find out how becoming a member of the Outdoor Tribe could be something to consider.

Why taking an interest in wellbeing is important

There’s a saying that goes “look after number one”, number one being you!

Looking after ourselves is increasingly important, especially as we all know that the National Health Service is appearing to be buckling at the knees. I don”t know about you, but I appreciate the issue when I have to wait weeks for an appointment at my local GP surgery.

We’re all living longer, which is great news. However, the consequence is more being required in the way of public resources to support us.

Whether it”s medication or care related there are going to be very few of us who get through life without needing support from a source that’s having to meet an ever growing need. So, investing time and energy in developing your own wellbeing has got to be a sensible idea, don’t you think?

 

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How we help people improve their wellbeing

People generally expect more out of life than they used to, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Staying active in body and mind is increasingly being recognised as a top priority to be able to live life to the full for as long as possible

There’s not only one course of action to take for improving wellbeing, rather a combination of several under general headings of:

  • Get social
  • Get Active
  • Keep Learning
  • Care For Wild Places
  • Notice Small Things
  • Give To Others

One of the objectives of Outdoor Tribe CIC is to use the outdoor environment to create opportunities for people to improve their wellbeing, experiencing all of the above, over a period of time, through getting involved with our woodland working parties.

Some people’s motivation for attending woodland working parties is due to their love of being outdoors and also wanting to enjoy the social aspects from being in a group.

Other people come along to woodland working parties through an interest in learning more about woodland management and the plants and creatures that live in the wood.

I think it’s fair to say that all who come along enjoy a natter and some congenial company, with no pressure to do more than they feel suits their level of fitness.

How Joining the Outdoor Tribe can benefit your wellbeing

We run very informal meetings where all who come along are involved is some light woodland management, helping to improve woodland habitat for the creatures that live there.

Woodland work can involve helping snip brambles back from the perimeter fence, helping to identify tree species growing in the wood, or in the Autumn getting involved in some tree planting.

People work as part of a team, for safety reasons, but individuals can choose to be as chatty with everyone as feel they want to be, everyone respects everyone else’s preferences.

One things for sure, we’ve never had anyone yet who’s been involved in a woodland working party who’s not left feeling much more relaxed than when they arrived. There’s just something about being in a woodland that delivers relaxation to body and mind.

There’s no charge for the Woodland Working Party sessions and we even provide the refreshments to keep everyone fed and watered. The sessions will benefit your wellbeing in a number of ways, such as:

  • Get Social– you’ll be with others, working as part of a small team
  • Get Active – you’ll be involved with gentle stretching, bending and walking through the wood
  • Keep learning – you’ll learn lots about woodland plants, trees, animals and management practices
  • Care for wild places – you’ll be doing just that
  • Notice small things – they’ll be there under your feet and above your head, just waiting for you to see them
  • Give to others – the work you’ll be involved will benefit others who visit the wood and the creatures that live there

 

 

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