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While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your mind, body, and soul, the science is now proving that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better! Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of the moment at best and leads us down a path to depression and anxiety at worst. Research is now showing that spending time in...

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Everyone faces challenges in life. How big or difficult these challenges are will be different for each of us but we all know what it’s like to feel drained and struggling to cope. There are steps that we can take to care for our mental wellbeing… by following the ‘five ways to wellbeing’; just think of these as your 5 a day for your mental health; they are simple, accessible and achievable for everyone and choosing to act and engage in the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ will result in living well. Each of the “Five Ways to Wellbeing” positively enhances...

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On Saturday the 25th of January we took to the hills with a group of 18 adults and children for a NavTrek taster session.

 

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What is Navigation? The process or activity of accurately ascertaining one's position and planning and following a route.  Should we always be looking down at a map on a walk? Staring at a compass needle?   Of course not, we should be looking up, taking in the breathtaking views and enjoying our surroundings. After all, that is what we go walking for. That is what  draws us to the great outdoors. But what if we neglect to navigate safely, or we simply do not have the skills? Statistically at least half of all mountain rescue call outs are due to a...

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Social Media- What role does navigation play?

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