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This year Mental Health Awareness Week is focused on nature. But why nature? What is it about the great outdoors that can be calming?
We live in such a connected society, always being plugged in whether it be laptops, phones, iPads, tablets, game consoles an electronic device is never far away. However, when we unplug there is a whole world out there waiting to be explored.
Research has shown that being outside and exploring nature does have a positive effect on your wellbeing. Taking time to be in the moment, breathe in the fresh air, listening to the birds, allows your mind and body to be calm, relax and de-stress.
Over the last year there has been a huge spike in meditation, and mindfulness apps. Calm, Headspace, Meditopia, Relax Melodies are just a few of apps available for users to download. It is no coincidence that these and more meditation apps are packed with the natural sounds of the earth, because they are calming.
Another way to experience nature is to bring nature indoors. Buying flowers and plants are also great ways to relax the mind. Plants release oxygen into the air which in turn benefits our minds, increases attentiveness and memory, reduces stress levels and boosts our mood. If you do not know much about plants, try Bloombox a company that delivers indoor plants to you every month.
There are so many ways to experience and really enjoy being in nature. Make a promise to yourself to take time out everyday to do just that. Your are contributing to a healthy mind and body!