From 10–16 May it’s Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme is Nature.
During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health. Websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.
From walking in the woods and sitting in the garden, to caring for house plants and even watching nature programmes, there are many ways we can find to connect
with nature wherever we are.
Take a look at The Mental Health Foundation's Nature Guide for Parents and Carers
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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