This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is themed around nature – Nature can have many benefits to an individual’s mental health. Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can:
- Improve your mood
- Reduce feelings of stress or anger
- Help you take time out and feel more relaxed
- Improve your physical health
- Improve your confidence and self-esteem
- Help you be more active
- Help you make new connections
- Provide peer support.
Research has revealed that our environment can increase or reduce our stress, which in term impacts our bodies. Why not make some healthy changes such as
- Spending more time in the garden
- Going for regular walks
- Investing in new plants / planting seeds
- Reducing the amount of time spent in the car and walking instead
Nature is central to our physiological and emotional health. It is a great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future. Evan with small contacts of nature we can reduce feelings of social isolation and be effective in protecting our mental health.
Why not chat to one our Mental Health & Wellbeing Coaches who can assist you in making positive, healthy changes, in living a better quality of life – to find out more click here.
You can self-refer by calling 08009177752 or via the contact us page on our website.