This week is mental health awareness week and after being cooped up inside for the best part of a year its not surprising that the chosen theme is nature.
An American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, once said “Study Nature, Love Nature, Stay close to Nature. It will never fail you”.
If you think about it, our link with nature is deeply rooted within us from the beginning of time so it is no wonder it has a positive impact both mentally and physically.
Research is still on-going but it is thought that the smells of out-doors and the shapes of leaves and other visual elements from nature, as well as the parts of nature which engage our other senses trigger feel good reactions in the brain.
This is the reason that we might go for a walk when stressed or sit and listen to the sounds of nature to help us relax.
If you are looking for ideas of what to do to get involved with nature and feel the benefits, here are some of my favourites;
What are you waiting for? Get out into nature and notice the benefits for you. Maybe keep a diary to show how you felt that day and if it was different to other days where you hadn’t ventured outdoors. Get creative and enjoy the freedom!
Written by Alison Ralph
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