How to engage with nature

Engaging with nature can have profound positive effects on our mental health. Whether you live in the centre of the city or in a more remote area, there are small ways that we can all engage with nature, to help us feel more balanced, calm and centred.

To help you get started, we have outlined a few ideas below – they might seem simple, but give them a try and see how it makes you feel:

  • walk barefoot on grass
  • hug a tree
  • spend time in your local green space (e.g. a park)
  • lie down and watch the clouds float by
  • listen to a body of water (lake, river, stream) or to the birdsong
  • use your senses - feel the grass and leaves around you
  • look at the flowers close up
  • close your eyes and notice your surroundings: what do you hear, smell and feel?

FUENGIROLA- SOUTHERN SPAIN. Beautiful apartment in exclusive area close to beach and town. Tel: 07703 108742. www.pueblalucia.com

SALLY'S COTTAGES award-winning, self-catering Lake District cottage Holidays www.sallyscottages.co.uk
sally@sallyscottages.co.uk, 017687 80571

DEVON / SOMERSET BORDER 4 star cottages in glorious countryside, indoor pool, sauna, pets welcome.

Tel 01398 331280 www.threegatesfarm.co.uk

COSY LAKELAND COTTAGE, near Cockermouth, peaceful, lovely walks, TV, Sleeps 2. 01768480393 www.stycottage.co.uk