Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. This September, FINDRA has partnered with the Scottish Borders Walking Festival to promote well-being and the outdoors. The Festival has a host of events from guided walks to a ceilidh and all aim to show off the brilliance of the Scottish Borders in all her beauty while encouraging people to get outside, social and active.
How Cycling Saved My Soul
I have enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors since I was young. Often heading off at weekends on little mini adventures, not that I knew that then. I was just a kid of the 70’s who got outdoors entertained themselves and headed home when hungry.
This love of nature and of being in the country has stayed with me throughout my adult life and is now not only part of my leisure time, but also my working life.
FINDRA came about because of my passion for the outdoors and love of design. It was my new-found hobby of mountain biking that led me to found FINDRA, and it was mountain biking that saved me from spiralling into serious depression.
It was, therefore, an easy decision to partner with the Scottish Borders Walking Festival this year and support the great work that the team are doing to showcase the wonderful walks that are on our doorsteps in the Scottish Borders. We are proud to play a part in this fantastic festival and showcase the week’s activities to all of our friends of FINDRA.
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Prescribing the Outside
The physical benefits of getting outside are well known, but doctors are now starting to recognise the mental benefits too – and prescribing the outdoors to patients.
“Doctors in Shetland are to start prescribing birdwatching, rambling and beach walks in the Atlantic winds to help treat chronic and debilitating illnesses for the first time” according the the Guardian.
This isn’t a completely new thing – doctors in California have reportedly been doing this since 2008 (though more for the notable physical benefits) and the Japanese have been ‘forest-bathing‘ since the 1980s, but Scottish doctors are noting the simplicity of walking outdoors as being beneficial.
“Patients will be given calendars and lists of walks drawn up by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds showing them particular bird species and plants, and suitable routes to take”. A mixture of being outdoors and having a purpose without being too demanding seems like the perfect mix to get people interested in the outdoors and feeling the positive mental benefits without being too intimidating.
Quote of the Week
Music of the Week
We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!
For a little musical motivation, take this song by American Rock band OneRepublic. Take all the moments to experience life and the world around you.
Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.
Love, Team FINDRA x