5 Ways to Get Involved with Nature to De-Stress

As part of Stress Awareness Month Durham Wildlife Trust have outlined some of the ways you can involved with nature, to de-stress and how wildlife is good for the mind, body and soul.

  1. Take a walk at one of our nature reserves to enjoy the gift of the outdoors.

Stuck inside after a cold and dark winter we can too often become used to forgetting what it feels like to enjoy the gift of nature and wildlife. By taking a walk in one of our reserves a couple of times a week you can enjoy the beauty of wildlife – while being out in the open soothes your mind and exercises your body.

Find the full list of Durham Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves close to you: durhamwt.com/reserves/

Hawthorn Dene Nature Reserve
  1. Try Wild Yoga at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve.

Taking place every Tuesday, Wild Yoga is the perfect time to de-stress with nature. Studies have shown that yoga helps with, depression, anxiety and even insomnia. What are you waiting for? Email roymoor4@aol.com for more information.

  1. Volunteer with Durham Wildlife Trust.

Look at volunteering opportunities with Durham Wildlife Trust to help give yourself a break from everyday life. Enjoy the benefits of going out with the task force by getting involved in conservation based tasks activities and work on some amazing projects with other like minded people, while experiencing all that nature has to offer. Find out more at: durhamwt.com/volunteer/

Volunteers and Durham Wildlife Trust staff proud of their finished work
  1. Gardening can help your stress levels.

Taking up gardening is another great way of bringing down you stress levels. It can help reduce stress by being around aesthetically pleasing plants and spending time caring for something else. Can’t get outside? Having indoor plants is also a great way of keeping your stress levels low. If you’ve got a back yard you can still make it wildlife friendly, read more on how to do that here: durhamwt.com/how-to-support-wildlife-in-your-back-yard/ 

  1. Spending time with nature helps you focus.

By taking a walk in the forest or by doing a spot of bird watching your ability to concentrate increases as you focus less on being stressed and become more focused on the goals in your life.