Seven nature-led ways to improve your mental health

May 19, 2020

Our last blog focused on why getting outdoors is important for mental and physical health – today we look at things you can do much closer to home.

Looking after your health is important, even more so in times like these, and doing little things can make a big difference.

  • Plant seeds – Caring for something and watching it grow is a relaxing activity. Plant seeds for flowers or vegetables.
  • Explore a new path – Walking a new route and noticing the sights and sounds is a great way to be kind to body and mind.
  • Favourite view – Do you have a favourite viewpoint in your local area? Did you know just recalling it in your memory can help you to connect to the positive feelings you get when you are there.
  • Re-wilding – Create a space in your garden or plant some wildflowers and notice nature begin to reclaim this space. What species will visit?

  • Recycling and Composting – Composting and recycling are great ways to look after your planet and take conscious care. Compost can help flowers and vegetables to thrive too, so there’s more than just one benefit.
  • Use your senses – Whether out in nature or noticing a plant in your house, use senses such as sight, smell, sound and touch to notice the experience more fully. Taking this moment to pause is a great way to be kind to yourself.
  • Being out in nature for just 30 minutes a day is an act of #kindness to your mind & body!

We have lots of great ideas to help you bring nature home in our Discover hub. Click here to find out more.