For the month of May, organizations, foundations and individuals have been getting involved in activities to raise awareness of those living with mental health issues and to help reduce the stigma many people experience.
Throughout the month, various global campaigns took place to open up the conversation and break down the barriers often associated with mental health issues.
One such campaign was the Mental Health Week campaign by the Mental Health Foundation in the UK which focused on the theme of nature. The campaign sent out the following message:
“There are times in all our lives when things can feel a bit too much. It can be stress at work or worries about our family or health. It can be feeling lonely. But there is a simple thing that can really help support good mental health. Nature. Being close to nature improves mental health and 4 in 10 people say that being nature made them feel less worried or anxious.
Almost two-thirds of people said being close to nature made them feel positive emotions. Nature can’t solve all our problems but it can really help put things in perspective, take the pressure off and bring calm, joy and wonder to our daily lives. So it can be helpful to try and prioritize getting close to nature. Find the time to go outside in a park or by a lake or a river, taking a moment to see, hear and feel nature. Or if it’s hard to get out, look for wildlife from your window and listen to the birdsong, or grow and look after a plant in your house. Notice their scent and color. Or plan a day by the beach or in the countryside. The important thing is to try and connect with nature and notice its beauty and how it makes you feel.
The Mental Health Foundation wants to grow awareness of the role that nature plays in preventing distress and creating good mental health for all. We are also asking governments and local councils to make sure everybody can enjoy the mental health benefits of nature. For tips on how to connect with nature or to find out more about the Mental Health Foundation’s work, please visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw”
The Mental Health Foundation shared the following 7 tips to connect with nature to improve mental health:
- Find nature wherever you are
- Connect with nature using all of your senses
- Get out into nature
- Bring nature to you
- Exercise in nature
- Combine nature with creativity
- Protect nature
For more details and tips, read the full Mental Health Foundation article here:
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Be kind to yourself.