Nature is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 and research shows that it is not just being in nature but how we interact with nature that counts.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation are inviting you to do three things:
- Experience nature: take time to recognise and grow your connection with nature during the week. Take a moment to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!
- Share nature: Take a photo, video or sound recording and share the connections you’ve made during the week, to inspire others. Join the discussion on how you’re connecting with nature by using the hashtags #ConnectWithNature #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
- Talk about nature: discuss in your family, school, workplace and community how you can help encourage people to find new ways to connect with nature in your local environment.
The Lake District is a great place to improve your well-being, with breath-taking lakes and mountains to restore your balance.
HERE ARE OUR TOP 10 RESTORATIVE ACTIVITIES TO TRY IN THIS AMAZING PLACE:
- Take your shoes off on the grass
- Sit with your eyes closed and listen to nature
- Dip your hand in a lake or feet if you are brave
- Lie down and watch the clouds
- Forest bathe in a woodland – just sit under a tree and soak in your surroundings
- Tiptoe and follow a blackbird – or a red squirrel
- Watch a sunrise or sunset
- Read a book in nature
- Smell a flower
- Go offline – turn off your internet and be present
Download your checklist here.