5 top tips for Mental Health Awareness Week

May 11, 2021

Let’s connect with Nature!

We want to take you on a journey and show you how getting back in touch with nature can be beneficial for your mind and body.

Our team have come up with 5 top tips on how you can get out and experience new places and explore nature at its finest.

Take in the fresh air and clear your mind… here are our recommendations.

  • Go out and explore your surroundings.

There are so many amazing places to explore and venture to. You’ll be surprised what’s right on your doorstep.

Why not pack your bag, put on your walking shoes and just go? No plan as to where, just start walking and see where the wind takes you – you never know what you might find. It could be a new special place for you to relax and get back in touch with #Nature.

  • 10,000 steps a day.

Now this might seem like a lot and yes it is, on average, just under 5 miles a day, but it is always good to set a goal to focus on.

This tip is good for your mind and body as exercise is a great way to release endorphins that make you happy. So your 10,000 step walk is allowing you to exercise the mind and body and for you to #ConnectWithNature.

Maybe if 10,000 seems too much, set yourself an hour a day to go for a walk and switch off for the other aspects of your day and concentrate on the here and now.

  • Plan your UK staycation somewhere you’ve never been before.

Travel to new heights and experience new places that you may have always wanted to go to or even somewhere you have never heard of before!

The UK has so many hidden gems that are ready for you all to explore and venture to – whether it’s climbing the highest mountain or hiking a new trial – it’s something new and exciting to refresh your mind.

Read more on how travel can boost your mental health.

  • Embrace your surroundings.

Whether this is through taking photos, writing down how you feel or sketching what you see in front of you.

Embracing your surroundings in a new way allows you to disconnect from social media and reconnect with #Nature so you can capture your emotions and senses. Look around and take in what you can see, feel, hear and smell. Forget about what’s happening around you and think about the now.

  • Share your experiences and talk.

We all need to talk to each other, we all need to share our experiences together – you never know that you might talk to a loved one or a friend who is going through similar challenges and as the saying goes… “A problem shared is a problem halved.”

It’s time to talk to one another and not bottle everything up as it will only feel worse. Together we can #FightForMH. Visit the Mind Charity website where you can view other peoples experiences and even share your own.

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