Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
May 9, 2021 Hannah Rowe

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek is on the 10th – 16th May.  This year the focus is on the importance of getting outside to #ConnectWithNature

We are very lucky in the South West to be surrounded by stunning scenery.  Coast, countryside, and moors are all abundantly available.  Stepping outside our doors and enjoying nature helps us live in the moment.  It is a chance to connect and let our minds wander.  It can really help reduce stress and depression and leave you feeling renewed.  It has been called Nature’s healing power and there is something in it.  Keep an open mind and try it for Mental Health Week.

There are lots of ways to reconnect with nature without hugging trees:

  • Listen to the birds, water and wind
  • If you cannot get out, bring nature in with pictures and plants
  • Exercise outside if you can or even just sit
  • Grow your own vegetables if you are lucky enough to have a garden
  • Take photos of what you see or inspires you
  • Try wild swimming or forest bathing
  • Help the environment by doing a litter pick, planting bee friendly seeds and building an animal habitat
  • Spend time star gazing (weather permitting!)

Our relationship with nature is personal.  It grounds us and connects us with the seasons.  Understanding this will not only aid mental health but also the environment as we realise our impact and learn to tread lightly.  It is time to #ConnectWithNature.