Nature is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Nature has a unique ability to not only bring consolation in times of stress, but also increase our creativity, empathy and a sense of wonder.
During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. According to Mental Health Foundation, research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies throughout the pandemic and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.
Websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.
The wonder of nature and our mental health
Nature is central to our psychological and emotional health. It is not just being in nature but how we open ourselves up and interact with nature that counts. Even small contacts with nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and be effective in protecting our mental health, and preventing distress.
We share tips on how we can all get closer to nature:-
- Get walking and exploring; there are thousands of public footpaths available to explore the area near where you live.
- Encourage nature and wildlife into your garden through bird feeders, insect and bug houses.
- Sales of indoor plants have soared during the pandemic, they’re a great way to add a sense of green calm to our homes.
It has been an incredibly tough year, and if you haven’t managed to get outside yet, we hope the warmer and brighter spring days give you an opportunity to connect with nature.
If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, stress, loss, isolation or bereavement, please reach out to our charity.
Whatever challenges you may be facing, talking your problems and worries through with a counsellor can help and make a difference.
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