Updated: May 11
This year, mental health awareness week runs from the 10th -16th of May and the theme is Nature. During the pandemic, our connection to nature and how much we affect it became obvious as human activity slowed down to almost a stop. There were reports of dolphins appearing in the canals of Venice, wild life taking over green areas of our cities and the Himalayan range became visible by North Indians for the first time in decades after a drastic drop in pollution. Also highlighted was nature’s affect on our wellbeing. Research showed that going for walks outside was one of the top coping strategies, in one study The Mental Health Foundation reported that 45% of people said that being in green spaces was vital for their mental health. Studies also showed that people were not only out in nature more, but they were also noticing it more.
On the Mental health Foundation website it was stated:
"Nature has a unique ability to not only bring consolation in times of stress but also increase our creativity, empathy and a sense of wonder. It turns out that it is not just being in nature but how we open ourselves up and interact with nature that counts."
Nature is central to our psychological and emotional health. When we disconnect we are disregarding the very hand that feeds, clothes and houses us. By opening up and connecting with our natural world we have access to the resources that are available to every living being, enabling us to thrive in every area of our lives. So make time to experience it this week. Go out into nature, leave any stimulation at home and just be. Stay conscious and really feel those shifts for yourself.
There are simple techniques that help us to tap into the unconditional support of nature’s ebbs and flows, cycles and principles. Available to everyone, easily applicable and with practice becomes a firm foundation for good psychological and emotional health.
Throughout the week, on our social media platforms, we will be offering simple yet powerful exercises to support in releasing anxiety and supporting peace and wellbeing. Build these exercises into your daily practice and FEEL the shifts for yourself. Join us on Instagram, Facebook or keep an eye on our blog to stay up to date.
Our awakening to nature is no coincidence. It is a vital part of our healing as we go forward and create the world anew with fresh perspective and respect. Lets say yes to life and take our place by co-operating with the web of life that connects and supports us all.