Connecting with nature - #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Nature has been incredibly important for all of us this past year, with lockdowns meaning we all looked to nature to give us some company, enjoyment and relaxation.

This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is nature, how it benefits not just our physical health, but how it has an incredible impact on our mental health and wellbeing.

Why not get out in nature this week and take some time to look after your own mental health with our tips -

  1. Do a colour walk

Go for a walk and try and spot each colour of the rainbow, photograph, write down or draw what you see and it's colour. You never know what you might find, or where you might end up!

2. Start Geocaching!

Geocaching is basically like a treasure hunt you can do anywhere! All you need is a handheld GPS (like a phone) and a sense of fun. A geocache or ‘cache’ is a small waterproof treasure box hidden outdoors. Geocachers seek out these hidden goodies guided by a GPS enabled device which uses coordinates, or ‘waypoints’ downloaded from the website or you can download a free geocaching app for Android or iPhone.

3. Join in with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Wellbeing Programme

The Wellbeing Programme provides nature-based activities for people struggling with mental health issues like anxiety, depression, low mood and stress. Participants get involved in conservation work, wildlife walks and nature-based crafts. Research shows that this type of outdoor activity can be beneficial to both mental and physical wellbeing. Find out more on their website.

How will you get out in nature this week? Let us know!

Want to know more about the benefits of being in nature? Read our blog.

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