Connect with nature during Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week will be held from Monday 10th to Sunday 16th October 2016.
This year the Mental Health Foundation encourages people to connect with nature – a great setting to try out the Five Ways to Wellbeing! Here are some suggestions…
Connect with nature
- Go barefoot and feel the grass or sand beneath your feet.
- Cloud gaze. Notice the shapes and how quickly the sky moves around you.
- Walk in nature with a friend.
- Bird watching.
- Take a photo or find a nature photo online and make it your computer background.
- Organise a picnic for your class, workmates or family in a local park.
Give back to nature
- Volunteer at an organised beach clean up or do your own.
- Plant trees.
- Challenge yourself to produce less waste.
- Use public transport or carpool with your co-workers or neighbours.
- Offer to help a neighbour with some gardening or other outside chores.
- Make a pinecone bird feeder.
Take notice and be mindful of the natural environment
- Watch the night sky. Learn what phase the moon is in and the stars and constellations you can see.
- Go somewhere you have been meaning to visit in your local area
- Explore a square of earth in the garden with a magnifying glass
- Go for a bush walk and take your time as you take photographs
- Create a photo diary of a favourite place, plant, animal or tree
- Make a sundial and learn how to use it to tell time.
Keep learning and discovering about nature
- Learn about the plants in your backyard and if any are edible or can used for medicinal purpose
- Take a trip to the zoo and find about the animals and their habitats
- Try to identify the different animals and plants you can see or hear when on a bush walk.
- Do a handy backyard treasure hunt.
- Create a worm farm in your backyard.
- Volunteer for a nature-related charity to learn new skills.
Be active in nature
- Climb your local mountain/maunga or swim in your local river/awa or sea/moana
- Go for walk as a family after dinner or on the weekend. Take turns choosing the route or where to go.
- Start a walking school bus for kids in your area
- Design a treasure hunt or fun challenges to get to a mystery natural location for your friends, family or workmates.
Get more information about Mental Health Awareness Week, including how to order resources.
Source: Mental Health Awareness Week website.