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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Photography

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 🐝

Orange poppy with bee in the middle.

Painting

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

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  1. I love being out in nature 😍🌸 I find the sounds soothing, life can be chaotic so it’s great to watch nature documentaries and even better to get outside. My favourite places are in forests or being surrounded by books 📚

    1. Sameeee x

  2. These are all great ways to enjoy nature! I love David Attenborough. Have you seen is latest series “Life in Colour”? It is about the importance of colour in the animal world and it’s very interesting. It’s only 3 episodes so you can easily watch it in an evening. I really enjoyed it.

    1. I hadn’t heard of that but will definitely watch it! xx

  3. These are lovely photos! I love nothing more then getting out into nature. My garden is putting on a lovely Spring show right now and I love to watch the changes from day to day. Thanks for sharing some great reasons to get outside!

  4. I love taking photo’s of nature when I’m out and about, nature is really beautiful when you look hard enough! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. So true 🌼x

  5. Hehe, I’m looking forward to more Milo content 😉 You’re so lucky to have wonderful photography opportunities, they’re beautiful! I completely agree that nature is good for mental health, especially after the last year or so, I appreciate getting out and experiencing nature all the more! x

    1. Thank you 🙂 x

  6. Aw I love this post! Nature always positively impacts my mental health, and I used to take long walks through the woods near my house to clear my head- or when I needed some alone time. Thank you for sharing these ideas, I love the idea of growing and caring for a plant (although I don’t have the best track record with plants!) x

    1. Love a good wood! x

  7. I love being out in nature, and you’re right it’s fantastic for your wellness and mental health! For myself, I love tending to my garden I find it very soothing, or going on hikes/walks on nature trails and just enjoying what’s around me. Nature documentaries are definitely something I haven’t thought of as a connection to nature and would be great in the winter when going outside isn’t an option. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

    1. Love those ideas, thank you xx

  8. Great post! I love going for nature walks and taking tons of pictures. It always seems to lift my mood. When I don’t have the will to go out for a walk, I either hang out with my cats and dog or watch funny animal videos on YouTube. Nothing is better than animals when you’re feeling down. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Me too! xx

  9. bethany jones says:

    I find just being out in nature really improves my outlook on life and general mood as well as doing photography while I’m out and about. Great post.

    1. Totally agree, thank you xx

  10. I love taking pictures of nature, and like your bees, I find the easiest, and they are also fascinating. I love it when they have their little knees covered with pollen. You can become so absorbed with nature you just live in the moment, a wonderful mental health suggestion.

    1. So true! xx

  11. These are all lovely suggestions, Caroline! I love nature documentaries and I grew up watching them! Moving Art is one of my favs to put on the TV on Netflix and really does make me feel a lot better! x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

    1. Thank you, I’ve never heard of Moving Art so I’ll definitely check that out x

  12. I live in the city, so any park I come across with it’s green space, trees, and flowers I find soothing. Also painting and writing really help my mental health!

    1. Green spaces are the best x

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