'There is something to be wondered at in all of nature' - Aristotle
Nature is so central to our psychological and emotional health, that it’s almost impossible to realise good mental health for all without a greater connection to the natural world. For most of human history, we lived as part of nature. It is only in the last five generations that so many of us have lived and worked in a context that is largely separated from nature. And it is only since a 1960s study in the US found that patients who were treated in hospitals with a view of nature recovered faster, that science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits.
During Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, Mentalhealth.org will pull together the evidence that demonstrates the powerful benefits of nature for our mental health. They will look at nature’s unique ability to not only bring consolation in times of stress, but also increase 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. They will show that even small contacts with nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and be effective in protecting our mental health, and preventing distress.
Follow the above link for ideas on how to connect with nature and some fantastic resources.