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Mental Health Awareness Week 2021: Nature

It's Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 this week and the theme is nature.

I think we have come to appreciate the importance of the natural world that we live in during the past year of us all struggling with the covid-19 pandemic. Being stuck at home with work, kids, families, the same old films and TV every week has helped us appreciate the power and impact that nature and our fellow animals can have on our wellbeing and mental health.

Of course, many have not been lucky enough to be able to access a garden or outside space at all, and we have heard from many of our clients the difficulties that has led to with regards their mental health. Getting outdoors, even if just to hear the birds sing or feel the sun on our face can make such a difference to our physical and mental wellbeing.

I personally love being near the water and I am a big animal lover. Many of our clients enjoy this too and have felt their mental health struggle because they cannot be part of nature during lockdown.

Of course, things are changing a wee bit and we have more opportunity to engage with nature as restrictions start to ease a bit. Cease that opportunity to continue whatever 'nature activities' you have been doing lockdown. I encourage you to add more 'nature' to your life too as things start to move towards some sense of normality over the coming year.

Incorporating nature into your life can means so many things: growing your own veg in your garden; visiting a nature reserve; watching the birds and squirrels on the trees while you have your morning coffee; bagging a munro; having a swim in the North Sea (brrrr!); cuddling up with your family cat or dog and so many other things.

Incorporating little droplets of nature into your everyday life can make such a difference your mood, anxiety, stress levels, motivation, wellbeing and mental health, in so many ways.

The natural world and our fellow animals give us so much. Our beautiful, majestic earth provides us with so much, let's start appreciating it and making the most of it to support and improve our mental health and wellbeing.

If you need some support with your mental health at the moment, want to make some changes or need someone to talk to and listen, then let's talk.

Let's talk and discover how our therapists and counsellors can support you through change, transition and improving your life. Let's also discover how you can develop good wellbeing and mental health. Feel free to get in touch using the contact details below.

Take care and best wishes,


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