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Adventurous Steps to Well Being

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With everything going on this year, our own Mental Health may not have been at the forefront of our minds. At Go Ape though, we believe that this World Mental Health Day (10th October) is the most important one yet.

Months of lockdown have had a huge impact on people’s mental health with research from Mind showing that, among a sample of 16,000, 60% of adults and 68% of young people said their mental health got worse in lockdown. Stress, uncertainty and isolation have exacerbated and underlined mental health issues making a difficult situation worse. However, we know that being outside and living life adventurously can positively impact your Mental Health. At Go Ape, we are all about encouraging everyone to live life more adventurously, because we know that taking risks and turning “I can’t into ‘I can!” not only helps build confidence, but also builds resilience that can help you in your everyday life.

As an example of this, Go Ape is also an Approved Activity Provider for the charity Adventure Therapy, who aim to improve the wellbeing of children and adults with health conditions or limitations through free outdoor and adventure-led activities. They are also on a unique mission to improve the emotional wellbeing of NHS and Police frontline workers, who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic and face their own struggles with mental health due to the trauma they are experiencing. Through our partnership we are able to welcome them on Go Ape experiences, funded by Adventure Therapy.

If you would like to support this special project to support NHS and Police frontline workers please follow this link.

Read on to find out how outdoors adventures can benefit your mental health.

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Child in a red jumper on a Go Ape zip wire

Being Active!

Studies show that regular exercise not only helps to keep you fit but also improves your Mental Health. Being active raises the endorphin levels in your body which can reduce pain levels and boost the feeling of pleasure, resulting in a sense of well-being. So, why not try one of our exhilarating activities at Go Ape? Swing through the treetops on our Treetop Adventure or Challenge courses, bounce on high in our Treetop Nets Adventure and zip through the forest on our eco-friendly Segways.

Finding your Brave

We get it, heights can be scary. However, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to forget about being canopy high when you have an obstacle to concentrate on and stunning forest scenery all around you. Besides, the sense of achievement and pride will be worth it at the end. Don’t forget our site teams have seen it all before so if you feel scared then they will be on hand to help.

Appreciating the Great Outdoors

Across our 34 sites we have many things in common but, mostly, that all of venues are located in beautiful places. From the lush forests of the Lake District (Grizedale & Whinlatter) to the vast parklands at Margam (Wales), you can enjoy stunning view of moors, mountains and valleys. Take a breath and settle your spirits in acres of forestry and keep an eye out for woodland wildlife.

Enjoying time with friends and family

One of the most difficult parts of lockdown was being apart from our friends and families. Now that we can, mostly, meet up again why not make the most of it with an adventure? The hardest part will be choosing the 5 other people you want to invite! Our experiences are suitable for all ages and our procedures are constantly changing to adhere to the current COVID-19 guidelines. Enjoy a stress-free adventure with your loved ones and have a good giggle as you swing through the trees – it’s a great way to improve your mood.

Building your Self-esteem

Unsurprisingly, doing things that you are good at is a great way to build your self-esteem and help you feel better! However, testing your abilities is also a fantastic way to build self-confidence. Prove just how brave and skilled you are as you tackle crossings, Tarzan Swings and Zip wires. You know you can do it, what are you waiting for?

Though many people are more concerned with their physical health at the moment, it is just as important to recognise what is happening inside you.

Remember to care of yourself and hopefully your Go Ape experience will leave you feeling happier and healthier. If you feel that you need professional help please talk to your GP or get in touch with a wellbeing service, like Mind.

 

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