World Mental Health Day is recognised by the World Health Organisation. It works to ensuring mental health is treated the same as physical health, and that both individuals and society do what they can to prevent mental ill-health.
This year’s theme is Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority.
The outdoors can be a wonderful place to boost our mental health. Here are some ways we recommend reconnecting with nature:
Submerse your Senses with Nature.
Connect with your environment where you can immerse your senses to the sights, sounds, smells, texture and even taste of nature. This can really boost your mood and mental health.
Listen out for bird song.
Look out for the invertebrates in the undergrowth.
Smell the fresh scent of cut grass or the wildflowers around you.
Feel the texture of the plants and bark on the trees.
Forage (responsibly and if you know how) to taste the vibrant flavours of the earth.
There’s a lot to be said for ‘getting some fresh air’.
Combine Nature and Creativity.
Increase your sense of connection with nature creatively through photography, drawing, writing, or painting. It can be as simple as taking a notepad out with you and spending a moment to sketch what you see, or write a short poem.
If you are looking for a creative break we have certain field centres within our network which specialise in just this, offering courses where you can combine your love for nature and wildlife, with your creative side alongside likeminded others.
Walking and Nature Experiences with Field Studies Council.
Spending time in the great outdoors, exposed to natural light and immersed in nature can do wonders for how you feel. Studies have shown that regular time outdoors can improve your mood, reduce stress and anxiety, improve your confidence and self-esteem and can be a great opportunity to meet new people.
Exploring nature and getting outdoors can be much more beneficial when you enjoy it with others. We offer a range of walking and nature experiences across the country allowing participants the chance to meet like-minded individuals and learn about wildlife along the way.