It’s mental health awareness week (10th – 16th May 2021) and the focus this year is on Nature and the Environment.
We are all going to face challenging times in our lives no matter how big or small, and if we can be equipped with coping strategies then that may provide reassurance for the future and help to safeguard our mental health.
One thing that can help support us is nature. Getting out and about, interacting with our natural environment can help to reduce worry and anxiety. It obviously can’t solve all problems but it can bring calm and clarity to our thoughts.
We must prioritise our mental health and look for things that can support this. If you do have time, a walk in the park or a visit to your local garden centre can bring us those benefits and have an overall positive impact on our wellbeing. Remember, nature has a wide definition, and it doesn’t even mean having to head out. It can include indoor plants, window boxes even throwing open the window to fresh air and listening to the birds sing. Strangely, even watching nature documentaries have been shown to be good for our mental health.
Here are 10 tips from the Mental Health Foundation on how to look after your mental health
- Talk about your feelings
- Keep active
- Eat well
- Drink sensibly
- Keep in touch
- Ask for help
- Take a break
- Do something you’re good at
- Accept who you are
- Care for others
If you or someone you know is struggling, for help and guidance please visit : Your mental health | Mental Health Foundation