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Nature & Mental Wellbeing

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
This article talks about the findings of a recent study on the benefits of gardening on mental wellbeing.

Do you think that being close with nature can help improve mental wellbeing?

What helps you to unwind and build your energy and self-awareness? Be it gardening, going for a scenic walk, or practicing yoga – it would be cool to hear your experiences or ideas :)

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  • plugitinplugitin Noob Posts: 2,197 The Mix Regular
    I'm no gardener but I do enjoy spending time out and about on the hills and in parks nearby when I can. I also find there's a huge difference when it's sunny to when it's cloudy and grey! I do always love bluebell season though - that's probably when I'm closest to nature because I'm just in awe of the purpley-velvet bluebells as far as they eye can see!

    I'm not sure what it is that helps me, sometimes I think the thoughts processing through my brain at the same speed as I'm moving helps me to de-stress and to work through how it is that I'm feeling in that moment. Not sure if it's nature or a lack of people to get in my way!
  • apandavapandav :) Posts: 2,072
    Personally gardening would probably cause me more anxiety for the simple reason - I have a fear of bugs.

    However I do believe nature helps my mental wellbeing- I love going to parks alone. I like the feeling that its my space to explore. I look at all the scenery and listening to nature is very soothing for me.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thank you both for sharing :)

    @plugitin I think the sun is definitely uplifting, and I understand what you mean by it helping to focus on your thoughts in the moment :yes:

    @apandav I don't like bugs either! Love the idea of having nature as a space to explore.
  • apandavapandav :) Posts: 2,072
    raich wrote: »
    I don't like bugs either! Love the idea of having nature as a space to explore.

    Good to hear I'm not alone with this one :p
  • *BananaMonkey**BananaMonkey* Lyrical Poster Posts: 5,428 Part of The Furniture
    I find being outside has a positive impact on my own mental health, it's like I focus on all the different sights and sounds, and it stops me from thinking about what is happening in my head, at least for a while anyway.

    I sometimes find if I have woken up in a bad mood, or had a stressful morning, then I walk to work, by the time I have got to work I am a lot more chilled.

    " And everywhere I am, there you'll be, your love made me make it through, oh I owe so much to you "
    " So I say thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing, thanks for all the joy they're bringing, who can live without it, I ask in all honestly what would life be? Without a song or a dance, what are we? So I say thank you for the music, for giving it to me "
    '' It's a beautiful day and I can't stop myself from smiling "
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks for sharing BananaMonkey :)

    I came across this video when researching the topic - the video itself is quite calming and soothing...

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    P.S. @Jo7 you might like this ^ - I know you're a fan of nature :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks @raich I do indeed!

    For me, nature is about slowing down, we live such hectic lives and nature just steadies along. Fresh air, exercise and a change of scenery always helps me to feel refreshed :)

    I also find walking outside is good for thinking and clearing my mind :yes:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Just thought I'd bump this thread with the announcement of our workshop on this topic this Sunday: http://vbulletin.thesite.org/forum/chat-debate/live-chat-announcements/3536863-workshop-sign-up-mental-health-and-the-outdoors-sunday-24th-january-8-9-30pm

    :)

    I wonder if the cold weather has been stopping anyone from going outside or had an impact on their mood?
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