This week (10th-16th) is Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme for this year is nature, which has definitely helped me with my mental health. I’m going to share a few ways that nature has made me feel a little bit better.
Watch a nature documentary
Sometimes, going outside or on a walk was hard for me. When I was feeling depressed, I didn’t want to leave my bed let alone the house. If I was feeling really anxious, something that would help take my mind off the situation was animals. My cats really helped me but if they were outside, I would like to put on one of David Attenborough’s documentaries. One particular favourite is Our Planet, episode 2 – Frozen Worlds. I don’t know what it is, but watching polar bears, penguins etc. calmed me. You can find Our Planet on Netflix and iPlayer. There are lots of other nature documentaries out there too which you should definitely check out 🙂xx
Look after a plant
I don’t know what it is but there’s something so peaceful about looking after a plant. I really love looking after succulents and watching them grow, as well as Milo the Monstera – see my Instagram highlights for thrilling content featuring Milo ;). One of my goals for this summer is to grow more plants!
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I absolutely love taking photos which is why I don’t use any stock images on my blog. Having a garden in lockdown is something that I’ve been really grateful for! I was very anxious about walking near others so basically just stayed in my garden or occasionally went to my parent’s allotment. Those are the two main places I went but now that I’m in Bournemouth and go out most days, I see lots of flowers on my walks 🌸 I particularly love taking photos of bees on flowers 🐝
Getting creative in any form has always helped my mental health – writing, painting, bullet journaling, drawing etc. Of course, my favourite thing to draw is flowers. I’m currently working on a digital drawing of tulips which I can’t wait to post on Instagram once I’ve added the finishing touches. I would love to do more spontaneous painting, I’d like to just pick up my paints, brushes and a bottle of water and walk down to the park or the beach. Sitting on grass and painting in the sunshine sounds ideal to me!
How does nature help your mental health?
Best wishes, Cx