Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects.
“Nurturing something else into life has really helped my wellbeing –
gently caring for something helped me learn to care for myself.”
We all have different experiences of nature, and different reasons for wanting to connect with it more – or feeling unsure about whether to try. You might find you get something completely different from one activity compared to someone else.
“I’ve been getting out into nature and walking, either on my own or with dogs, to manage my bipolar disorder for years. It helps to keep
me calm and physically healthy, and I love taking the time to be mindful of all the beautiful green spaces around me, even when living
in a city. Watching the birds and squirrels always has a calming effect and takes me out of my own head.”
This page has some tips and suggestions for enjoying nature:
Don't worry if some ideas don't feel right for you – see if you can find some that do, or adapt one to suit you.
“I love watching the garden change, the difference I make when I dig a bed, plant something or even cut the grass... and honestly I am no gardener! An easy way for everyone to connect with outside is to watch the birds – put a bird feeder to attract them. Otherwise just get
outside, blow the cobwebs away, breathe deeply... bliss.”
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