This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. A time to slow down and check in with ourselves and loved ones, and also spark wider conversations on how we can support each other’s mental health.
This year, the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is nature. Over the last year, many of us have turned to our natural surroundings to help support our physical and emotional wellbeing.
Our purpose is to help the world connect with nature. We believe that when you connect with nature, you can find the balance and beauty in every day, benefitting both you and the impact you can have on the world around you.
So, how can you incorporate nature into your everyday life? Read on to discover five simple steps you can take to create your own meaningful connections with nature.
01. Engage your Senses
Experience the world around you
Nature is everywhere. From the soothing melody of birdsong in the morning to the gentle rustle of leaves in the spring air, taking some time to unplug and appreciate our surroundings can help to boost our overall wellbeing.
Try listening out for birds singing, smelling the freshly cut grass or notice the fresh spring florals beginning to bloom at this time of year. All of these create a feeling of calm and contentment which help to improve our mood.
02. Spend time in Nature
clear your mind
If you’re able to, try to spend some time each day outdoors. Whether it’s a stroll in your local park, a brisk walk in the country or a visit to the coast, spending time outside is known to help clear our minds, creating a sense of calm and clarity. Feeling overwhelmed? Try meeting a friend or loved one to talk in person from a safe distance, or visit somewhere nearby which you feel familiar with.
03. Bring the Outdoors In
Connect with nature from home
If you’re unable to visit natural spaces nearby or don’t feel ready to get back out, why not try bringing nature to you? Introducing greenery into your home, such as a house plants, help to purity the air around us. Alternatively, try engaging your senses by incorporating fresh herbs into your kitchen or turn your hand to a new hobby such as gardening. Sit back, relax and enjoy nature at work!
04. Express your Gratitude
appreciate the beauty of your surroundings
No matter what kind of day you’re having, take a moment to express your gratitude for the nature around you. From the buzzing of bees to the spring buds beginning to bloom, nature is a constant in all our lives that many of us have turned to over the last year to help lift our mood and connect with our surroundings.
05. Protect Nature
be kind to nature
Nothing beats the feeling of giving back. From recycling to walking instead of driving, joining local conservation groups or volunteering at your local garden centre, looking after nature can help to make you feel that you’re doing your part in protecting our natural environment.