More and more research shows that nature can help to support and protect our mental health. However, it’s not always easy for everyone to spend time in nature. Don’t worry, you don’t need to spend hours surrounded by greenery to benefit from nature. You can bring nature into your everyday life fairly easily. 

If you struggle with your mental health, spending time in nature can make a real difference. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Read our tips for connecting with nature every day: 

Look for nature wherever you go

You can find nature everywhere, whether it’s in your garden, a local park, at the beach or in the countryside. You can even find nature in cities. Look out for birds flying, people’s pets, and changes to the weather. Try to take some time to notice nature wherever you go. 

Use your senses

When you’re out in nature, use your senses to help you reflect on your surroundings. Listen to the birds, touch and smell the flowers, feel the gentle breeze on your skin. When you use your senses to appreciate nature you’ll feel calmer. 

Bring nature into your home 

If you find it hard to access green areas, you could consider bringing nature into your home. Having a few plants in your home is a great way to stay in touch with nature. You can even grow herbs, should you wish to. 

If you have a balcony, a garden, or even an allotment, consider growing fruits, vegetables, plants, or flowers. You might also want to consider getting a bird feeder so you can enjoy watching the birds eat what you put out for them. 

Combine creativity with nature 

Why not combine creativity with nature? Take classes outside or bring nature inside and do something creative with it. Do you love to take photographs? take photos of nature. Draw pictures or write about nature. When you express yourself creatively you can find an emotional connection to nature. This connection can last your whole life. 

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We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk