It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, a week for everyone to focus on achieving good mental health. It goes without saying that this past year has been a tough one for so many, and there has never been a better time to step up the fight for mental health. 

This year’s theme is nature, and it seems a particularly relevant topic, given that nature has helped many of us through the pandemic. Seen as the team at Hey Me love nothing more than to revel in the great outdoors, we thought what better way to mark the event than to share our top tips on how to connect with nature. So, without further ado, here’s a round-up of all our suggestions: 

Emma, PR and Communications Manager 

“Nature is so important for the mind and rebalancing your energy, be that when you need a pick me up or a chance to charge your batteries. I love walking around my local Queens Park in the southside of Glasgow with my baby, looking at the ducks and swans, and taking the time to listen to my surroundings. I am also a big fan of crystals; I find having one around helps me to stay calm. Music is also a good tonic to calm the mind – I don’t know what I would do without it!” 

Amelia, Communications Assistant 

“I really like having houseplants it brings a bit of nature into your home! And I’ve really been enjoying walking around the university campus at the moment especially after working in the library – it’s really pretty and calm at the moment. I’ve seen quite a few ducklings and baby rabbits on campus too so that’s really sweet.” 

Amy, Managing Director 

“I like open spaces, particularly when I’m feeling anxious or stressed. Looking out as far as the eye can see to the horizon really helps me to regain balance. Country fields or the seaside are always good for that. I could sit on Whitby Pier for hours. 

Closer to home I like to sit in the garden a while or do some gardening – combining something slightly physical with something you need to think about (but not too much) always helps me to reset my mind. Indoors, we followed the lockdown craze and bought some new house plants which has added a bit of outdoors indoors and brightened up the place a little. Whatever the weather one of my favourite past times is adult colouring books which I pick up almost every evening. ” 

Jen, Copywriting and Content Associate 

“I’m a big fan of going on scenic walks with my little boy. We live right near Kirkstall Abbey and walking around the ruins and surrounding park is so peaceful. There’s a small pile of wood chippings that he loves playing in and it me brings me so much joy watching him jump up and down in it. 

I like to jog near the riverside too. I’ll often stick on a podcast and plug my headphones in while admiring the views. It really helps me to switch off. I also enjoy spending lots of time in my garden, whether that be reading a book or watering the plants. I’ve recently potted some strawberry plants and watching them grow (slowly but surely) is incredibly satisfying.” 

Gemma, PR and Communications Associate 

“I am very lucky to have Wheldrake Woods in my village. It’s really important to remember and appreciate what you have on your doorstep and make the most of spots like these. I love walking through the woods, listening to music and thinking about all the things I am grateful for. The woods make me happy and remind me of the things in my life I have to be happy about for some reason!” 

And there you have it, all of our nature-inspired recommendations for boosting your wellbeing. Whether it’s a stroll around your local park, watching the wildlife or carrying out a simple task like watering the plants, there are so many ways connecting with nature can support our mental health. Check out our blog for more wellbeing ideas. 

Jen Derrick

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