Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.
The Mental Health Foundation are encouraging us to explore and use Nature to support our mental health.
Connecting with nature is not just about the amount of time we spend outdoors; it is also about building a relationship with nature by noticing and becoming sensitive to what is around us.
We use our senses to do this– such as noticing the different cloud shapes in the sky, smelling the scents of flowers and listening to the birds chirping in the trees.
Research tells us that there are many mental health benefits to connecting with nature, such as:
- Feeling happier
- Feeling less stressed or angry
- Having more and better quality sleep
- Feeling less worried
- Being more environmentally aware and engaged
- Increasing self-esteem and self-confidence
- Improving attention and concentration
- Encouraging participation in physical activities
- Increasing social contact with other people and animals.
The guide attached will provide some ideas to help you connect with nature, based on what you have available to you.