Today draws a close on Mental Health Awareness Week, in which the theme this year has been ‘Nature and Mental Health.’
Spending time around nature can have a very positive impact on both your mental and physical health. It can help to boost your mood, increase confidence, reduce stress and anger and help you to feel more connected to the world around you.
Studies have shown that even having more plants and flowers around your home can improve your mood! So imagine how much of a benefit you would feel if you explored the great outdoors on a regular basis!
This does not mean that you need to go on a 5 mile hike every day; simply sitting outside in the fresh air for 10 minutes whilst enjoying a coffee or reading a book can really make a difference.
Here are some outdoor activity ideas to help you become one with nature:
- Growing your own fruit and vegetable or plants and flowers
- Going fruit picking at a local farm
- Short or long walks
- Writing in a journal whilst sitting outside
- Eating a meal outdoors or going for a picnic
- Watching the stars
- Exercising outdoors (whether this be a full cardio session or a light bit of yoga!)
- Joining a local walking group
- Collecting natural items – shells, leaves, pebbles etc
- Engaging in some mindfulness or meditation
The good this about nature, is that there is some form of activity for everyone!
If you feel uncomfortable about spending more time in nature, remember that it is okay to start small! Taking 5-10 minutes to stand outside and just breathe, is a great start; or you could ask a friend to come with you on a nice stroll to keep you company.
Whatever you decide; we would love to say your take on bringing nature into your day-to-day activities, so please tag us in any social media pictures or posts about your activities!