How nature can boost your mental wellbeing

Spending time outside or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Nature can help to improve your mood whilst reducing feelings of stress and anger, leaving you feeling more relaxed. It can help to improve your confidence and self-esteem, whilst allowing you to be more active and make new connections. This can be difficult at first, but start small and find things you enjoy, or look at activities to do with friends. Here are a few ideas:

Grow or pick your own food. Create a growing space, plant vegetables in your garden, or herbs in a window box. Look for community projects or share an allotment. Go fruit picking or food foraging.

Bring nature inside, buy flowers for your home, collect natural materials, grow plants, take photos of the outdoors or listen to nature sounds.

Do activities outdoors, go for a walk, get creative and draw nature scenes, eat outside or watch the stars. The outdoors is also great for exercising, go for a run, join a local walking group, follow a woodland trail or try geocaching.

Help the environment, go litter picking, volunteer for a conservation project, plant helpful seeds, build an animal habitat.

Connect with animals, watch out for wildlife, visit a farm, hang a bird feeder in your garden, go dog walking, take part in a nature survey.

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