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It’s Mental Health Awareness week which is something we feel passionate about at Lockhart Garratt.  We encourage our staff to spend time outside, enjoy the countryside and fresh air, with their family and friends.

During the pandemic, more people have connected with nature to escape the monotony of being stuck inside.  Connecting with nature can help with feelings of loneliness and isolation.  An appreciation of nature doesn’t have to cost anything either.  We have also ‘noticed’ nature more, through bird song, the wildlife in our gardens and the changing seasons when we’re out on a walk.

The Mental Health Foundation have suggested these top tips on connecting with nature to improve your mental health:

  1. Find nature wherever you are – this could be in your garden, local park or even outside your window.
  2. Connect with nature using all of your senses – you can find a sense of joy and calm in natural surroundings.
  3. Get out into nature – immerse yourself in green spaces, whether they’re new or familiar.
  4. Bring nature to you – having plants in the house is a great way to have something natural to see, touch and smell.
  5. Exercise in nature – walking or running outdoors in nature may help prevent or reduce anger, tiredness, and sadness.
  6. Combine nature with creativity – this could involve taking part in creative activities outside, like dance, music, or art.
  7. Protect nature – Taking care of something can be a really great way to feel good. And what better thing to take care of than nature? Nature is truly amazing – do what you can to look after nature – in your actions and choices.

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