Mental health – Our tips to connect with nature
Posted by Jen Derrick on 14 May 2021

Research has shown that nature is vital for our mental health and wellbeing. During the pandemic, in particular, nature and going on walks outside was a saving grace for many of us. Seen as the team at Hey Me love nothing more than to revel in the great outdoors, we have put together our top tips on how to connect with nature. 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!” 

An empty path with forest and green patches either side of 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.” 

Our employee Gemma on a walk in the woods with her two children.

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!” 

Our employee Gemma taking a selfie with some trees behind her.

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.

“Since day one, Amy herself has fit seamlessly into our team, understanding the message we want to convey and the audiences we want to reach. Her upfront audit was invaluable in helping us internally hone our common voice, which has demonstrated itself in the consistency of the content we put out as a brand and as individuals within the company. Behind the scenes, Amy has instinctively adopted our internal communication methods (Slack, SharePoint) and works closely with our in-house graphic design team to ensure our graphics and copy are in sync.” Lucy Prior MBE - previously from 3Squared 2021
“I saved so much time after implementing a more structured approach which has given me the opportunity to focus on creating more content and work more closely with my clients. Amy and her team are easy to deal with and are quick to provide valuable solutions. I would not hesitate to work with Hey Me again in the future.” Karen Duncan - Lanehead Coniston
“I met Amy a few years ago at a Young Rail Professionals event and was able to provide her with an opportunity to manage the comms on a major alliance which she flourished at. Soon after she started, Marie came along to provide HR support across the multiple businesses. It seems only natural that being as dynamic and knowledge as they are, they are looking to work together on this new venture, which I am sure will be a huge success.” Karen Duncan - Lanehead Coniston
“I saved so much time after implementing a more structured approach which has given me the opportunity to focus on creating more content and work more closely with my clients. Amy and her team are easy to deal with and are quick to provide valuable solutions. I would not hesitate to work with Hey Me again in the future.” Karen Duncan - Lanehead Coniston

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