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  • Writer's pictureCristine Enriquez

Love Parks Week

29 July - 5 August 2022

Love Parks Week is celebrated from July 29 to 5 August this year. The goal of Love Parks Week is to get as many people as possible out into the great outdoors to take advantage of their local park. A park is an excellent place to get some fresh air and boost your #mentalhealth, and you’ll also be doing your part to preserve your local park’s resources for future generations by making regular use of them.

This year's campaign is made possible by the support of Regatta, and players of the People's Postcode Lottery. As a home care agency based in London we are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful green spaces to take a stroll in. The Royal parks include Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, St. Jame's Park, Green Park, Regents Park and Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park, Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens.

The wonderful benefits that older people can get from being outside are endless...

  • Vitamin D to boost the immune system to help fight infections.

  • A stroll in the park is low impact and usually a very safe type of light exercise.

  • Getting outside, especially to areas that include many others, increases your chances of greeting friends, neighbours and meeting new people.

  • Exercising during the day generally means a better night's sleep.

  • Depression and anxiety can creep in without us even noticing sometimes, being in nature dramatically reduces symptoms by helping us sync with circadian rhythms. This is the 24-hour cycles that are part of the body’s internal clock, running in the background to carry out essential functions and processes. One of the most important and well-known circadian rhythms is the sleep-wake cycle which also regulates our hormones, immunity and cell renewal.

  • One study suggests that spending 20 minutes in the open air gives your brain an energy boost comparable to one cup of coffee! Far healthier we think.

  • You really should stop and smell the flowers. Research shows that natural scents like roses, freshly cut grass, and pine make you feel calmer and more relaxed.

  • In the winter, shorter days and lower light levels can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) a reoccurring condition that’s marked by symptoms of anxiety, exhaustion, and sadness. Doctors say spending time outside can lessen SAD’s severity, even if the weather’s cold or overcast.

  • Being in nature allows us to reconnect and value the important things in life like relationships, sharing, and community.

We will be sharing our pictures @-ing in @KeepBritainTidy on social media and using the hashtag #LoveParks. Let's show the world how special our parks and green spaces are by joining in with such a wonderful campaign. We can't wait to see what your local parks look like and what those precious spaces mean to you.

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