‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ – Aristotle
We overlook the positive impact that the natural environment has on our mental health. Your surroundings can hugely affect the way you think and feel. Regular exposure to nature has been shown to be healthy for the mind, body and soul.
Four of the reasons why connecting to nature is crucial for your mental wellbeing:
Nature has long been known to have calming effects on the mind. The beauty and serenity of nature create a sense of peace that you usually won’t be able to find in busy urban environments.
Reconnecting with nature has been shown to be beneficial for easing some of the symptoms of depression.
Spending more time in nature exposes your body to natural light – which can do wonders to improve sleep.
Getting outside in nature forces you to unplug from technology and connect with the people around you.
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The Mental Health foundation UK want to hear your stories of how nature has supported your mental health. This might be as a simple as tending to a house plant, listening to the birds, touching the bark of trees, smelling flowers or writing a poem about our favourite nature spot.
Whatever it is for you, The Mental Health Foundation invite you to #ConnectWithNature and share what this means for you.