Nature has been so important for all of us this past year, with lockdowns meaning we all looked to nature to give us some company, fun and relaxation.
This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is nature, how it helps not just our physical health, but how it has an amazing affect on our mental health and wellbeing.
If you’re a young carer, looking after someone might mean you don’t have much time to look after yourself, or maybe you find yourself getting quite worried or anxious a lot of the time. But you’re not alone, if you’re struggling, remember to talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling. You can also find online web chats, counselling and more on our page here.
Why not get out in nature this week and take some time to look after your own mental health with our tips –
- Do a colour walk
Go for a walk and try and spot each colour of the rainbow, photograph, write down or draw what you see and it’s colour. You never know what you might find, or where you might end up!
- Start Geocaching!
Geocaching is basically like a treasure hunt you can do anywhere! All you need is a handheld GPS (like a phone) and a sense of fun. A geocache or ‘cache’ is a small waterproof treasure box hidden outdoors. Geocachers seek out these hidden goodies guided by a GPS enabled device which uses coordinates, or ‘waypoints’ downloaded from the geocaching.com website or you can download a free geocaching app for Android or iPhone.
- Make some nature art
Why not get crafty outside – collect leaves, rocks, feathers, or anything you can find on the floor out in nature to create your own masterpiece back at home! You could even take rubbings from trees by holding paper against a trunk and rubbing crayons over the top to get the pattern of the bark.
How will you get out in nature this week? Let us know!