Nature Can Benefit Mental Health -
Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. For example, research into ecotherapy (a type of formal treatment involving activities outside in nature) has shown it can help with mild to moderate depression. This might be due to combining regular physical activity and social contact with being out in nature 😊

Spending time in green spaces or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have many positive effects. It can:

🪲 improve your mood
🪲 reduce feelings of stress or anger
🪲 help you take time out and feel more relaxed
🪲 improve your physical health
🪲 improve your confidence and self-esteem
🪲 help you be more active
🪲 help you meet and get to know new people
🪲 connect you to your local community
🪲 reduce loneliness
🪲 help you feel more connected to nature
🪲 provide peer support.

We all have different experiences of nature, and different reasons for wanting to connect with it more. You might find you get something completely different from one activity compared to someone else 🫶


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