The second of a series of occasional articles written by one of our parishioners. Eve Allen
Bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. It can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger and make you feel more relaxed.
It is possible to get the positive effects of nature while staying indoors at home. You could try the following:
- Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air.
- Arrange a comfortable space to sit, for example by a window where you can look out over a view of trees or the sky, or watch birds and other animals.
- Look at photos of your favourite places in nature.
- Listen to natural sounds, like recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall
Try these 2 links for sounds of birds and countryside. If you have earphones you might find them useful for immersing yourself in the sound.
Get as much natural light as you can. Spend time in your garden if you have one or open your front or back door and sit on the doorstep.
If you have safe access to green space like a garden, you could bring some natural materials in to decorate your living space or use them in art projects. This could include leaves, flowers, feathers, tree bark or seeds.
You may be able to buy seeds, flowers or plants online for delivery, to grow and keep indoors.
Try having a clear out. You could sort through your possessions and put them away tidily or have a spring clean.
You could also have a digital clear out. Delete any old files and apps you don't use, upgrade your software, update all your passwords or clear out your inboxes.
Write letters or emails or make phone calls with people you've been meaning to catch up with.
There are lots of different ways that you can relax, take notice of the present moment and use your creative side.
- arts and crafts, such as drawing, painting, collage, sewing, craft kits or upcycling
- playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music
If you have any recipes or garden tips then please let me know.
There is also a website called Action for Happiness. This calendar is the June edition (click on the picture to download a printable version), and we will add other months as they arrive. It shows 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together. There's more than enough negative stuff around!! Let's concentrate on the positive...
Take care and stay safe.