This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week and Durham Wildlife Trust have created a list of five ways you can get involved with nature to find your well being
1.Take a walk in your local park or nature reserve
By getting yourself outside and being active you will start to feel better about yourself and the world around you. Take a walk at lunch, if you’re in work, map out some local walking routes you and others can do. People with easy access to nature are three times as likely to be active as those without access.
2. Work within your community to create a green space
Having natural features near houses reduces mental illness. Work with neighbours and friends to make your street more wild. Create bird feeding stations and wildflower boarders and watch and enjoy as nature rewards you with its beauty.
3. Nature improves your health
Everyday contact with wildplaces, wildlife and nature is linked to reduced levels of chronic stress, one of the main causes of mental health in people. Improved concentration and better focus have also been noted by Mind if you have daily contact with the outdoors.
4. Add plants and greenery to your work space
Adding plants and photos of wildlife can help you and others around you feel more creative and productive at work. Employees are 15% more likely to be productive when offices and work spaces have a few houseplants in.
5. Ecotherapy helps with mental health