This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 and as you might already know, this years theme is nature. Fresh air and the outdoors are always important factors in helping towards our mental wellbeing, but no more so than over the last year. When we've been furloughed or locked down, being in the outdoors was the only thing we were able to do.
Research conducted by the mental health foundation found that going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.
Now we're edging closer to the consistent warmer weather, combined with the light mornings and nights, getting outside for a walk can be the best way to unwind at the end of the day. You don't even have to travel far, walking around your local area is still a form of escapism and allowing you to experience the benefits nature has to offer.
Even relaxing in your garden, lying in the sunshine, listening to the birds, noticing the clouds. All of these small things that you don't necessarily think too much about will all have a noticeable impact on your mental health.
If you're an avid gym goer, why not swap one of those days a week for a run, a cycle or even a walk. That one day a week could help to reduce any feelings of anger or tiredness.
So why not start this week as we celebrate the awareness it brings. Get yourself out and see how much better it makes you feel.