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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: May 10-16

10/05/2021

As Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off today Brits are being encouraged to get back to nature for the sake of their mental health.

Now in its 21st year the annual event, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, promotes the importance of taking positive steps to care for our mental health.

According to the charity, this year’s theme was chosen due to the importance of nature during lockdown as studies show that 45% of people credited going for walks outside as being vital for their mental health in the last 12 months.

And as the Money Charity revealed 2,267 people a day reported they had become redundant from December to February 2021, the link between the pandemic, debt and mental health has never been more evident.

To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we’re sharing five tips by the Mental Health Foundation to help embrace the great outdoors to find a little breathing space.

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1.      Explore your local area

Getting out and about doesn’t always mean heading off on a far-flung adventure. Sometimes something as simple as a walk in your local park or nearby beach or open countryside is all you need. If you live in a city and don’t have access to a garden, walking to the shops instead of hopping in the car can offer the chance to get outside and clear your head.

 

2.      Bring nature to you

Sometimes finding the time to go for a long walk just isn’t possible. From juggling work and family life to just keeping in touch with friends sometimes finding space in the diary for some ‘me’ time isn’t always easy. But that doesn’t mean you can’t connect with nature. Bring natural living home whether that’s by introducing new house plants or herbs at home or planting flowers or veg in your garden or balcony.

 

3.      Get physical

Exercise can be a great stress relief for many and as the weather grows a little warmer there’s no better time to do it outside whenever possible. Keeping fit doesn’t always need to be about pumping iron. Something as simple as a walk through the local park, a run or a cycle can help prevent or reduce feelings of anger, tiredness and sadness. The Mental Health Foundation also recommends leaving the headphones at home to give you the chance to unwind to the sound of the breeze through the trees and birds chirping.

 

4.      Get creative

Exercise not really your thing? That doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy all that your local area has to offer. Take a stroll through a nearby park or take a drive to a beauty spot with a camera in hand for a nature-inspired photoshoot. Always fancied trying your hand at landscape painting? Take some time out and connect with nature and express your creativity to help ease any stress and tension you may have.

5. Join a local group

After a year of social distancing and calls for self-isolation, the thought of being near other people may feel a little strange. However, joining a local conversation or clean-up group can be a great way to not only connect with nature but your community too. Being active in taking care of the area we live in can be an immediate mood booster and a great way to reconnect with others.

 

Nature has supported mental health during the pandemic

Speaking of this year’s awareness week, Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: “Mental Health Awareness Week has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK.

“This year the theme is on nature and its central role for our mental health.  Since the beginning of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature to help us get through lockdowns and our research shows that good mental health depends on us being able to connect with nature in some way and its power in both prevention of and recovery from poor mental health.

“During the week, we want to hear millions of people’s stories about how the natural world has supported their mental health.

“We also want to highlight the huge disparities between who is and who isn’t able to access nature. We want the week to explore how everyone across the UK can connect with nature and experience the mental health benefits wherever they live.”

For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week click here or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

 

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