It’s time to connect with the great outdoors

Typically our days are spent under artificial lights in an office, car or train while our thoughts are often elsewhere.

NDD, or nature deficit disorder, has become a buzzword over the past couple of years, although not a recognised medical condition there are apparent concerns about its effects on wellbeing.

Richard Louv coined the phrase Nature Deficit Disorder in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods. He states that all of us, especially children, ‘are spending more time indoors, which makes us feel alienated from nature and perhaps more vulnerable to negative moods or reduced attention span.’

“I guess it’s a symptom of current lifestyle,” said Dr Ross Cameron of the department of landscape at Sheffield University, “we’re so clued into modern technology and things that we’re less observant about the world around us and we’re more likely to learn about wildlife ironically from a David Attenborough programme than maybe from a walk in the woods.”

Bring the outdoors back into your life

You don’t have to visit the Himalayas or go to see blue whales off the Azores, the simple answer is much closer to home. The Jurassic coastline in Dorset is brimming with things to do with a fantastic playground of beaches and miles of unspoilt countryside to explore. A county of contrasts, Dorset offers the very best of countryside, coastline, events and attractions, perfect for families, groups and couples alike.

Dorset boasts some of the best outdoor attractions you’ll ever find, including fantastic adventure activities such as CoasteeringBushcraftClimbing & Abseiling and Kayaking. The Jurassic Coast is a natural haven for adventure and exploration. So, improve your wellbeing and make sure you re-connect with the great outdoors this year.