How Can Nature Benefit My Mental Health?

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Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can:

• improve your mood

• reduce feelings of anger and stress

• help you take time out and feel more relaxed

• improve your physical health

• improve your confidence and self esteem

• help you be more active

• help you meet and get to know new people

• connect you to your local community

• reduce loneliness

• help you feel more connected to nature

• provide peer support

Spending time in nature has also been found to help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. For example, research into eco therapy (a type of formal treatment which involves doing activities outside in nature) has shown it can help with mild to moderate depression. This might be due to combining regular physical activity and social contact with being outside in nature.

Being outside in natural light can be helpful if you experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that affects people during particular seasons or times of year. And people tell us that getting into nature has helped them with many other types of mental health problems.

Anxieties about climate change can also have a big impact on our wellbeing. If climate change is affecting your mental health, spending time connecting to nature may be helpful. You could also get involved with conservation activities or campaigns to protect the environment.

Article Shared From How nature benefits mental health – Mind

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