V is for View: mindfulness in nature

How getting outside and exploring beautiful views can help improve physical and mental wellbeing

Autumn mountain view

How can seeking new and beautiful views in nature can improve your physical and mental health?

There’s nothing like gaining a little perspective to help clear a crowded mind. Taking this advice literally can be just as powerful as the metaphorical counterpart.

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Reaching a high vista – be it by foot, bike or car – offers the opportunity to see all that lies before you; distant villages with stretched-out steeples, snaking country lanes and broccoli-head copses.

V is for View: Mindfulness in Nature
V is for View: Mindfulness in Nature ©Lynn Hetzius

Hills texture the horizon and, above them, a roof of pearl-white clouds.

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V is for View: Mindfulness in nature (Getty Images)

Such vastness softens everyday problems, puts things into perspective and offers us the chance to focus on the present.

Mindfulness in nature - listening ©Jake Graham
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For more ideas about how to be present in nature, here’s our A to Z of mindfulness.