Many people have mental health struggles and January is known for being a month when there is a lot of doom and gloom around. The fun and sparkle of Christmas is behind us, but there are still months to go until we start to see the weather improve, and in addition to other stresses in life and preexisting mental health conditions, this can accumulate and cause people to feel particularly low at this time of the year.
Although it is not summer, getting outside and connecting with nature is something that can help you throughout the winter months (and of course all year round).
Spending time in nature is proven to have healing benefits, both mentally and physically – here are some of the things you can do that can help you…
Go on a Wintery Walk – Walking in the woods is a very special experience at any time of the year. During the winter, you will have a good chance of seeing more birds as the trees are bare, and may see some of our winter visitors, such as the waxwing.
Now is also a good time to spot the emerging new life and the first flowers, the snowdrops are starting to bloom, a sign that spring will soon be here.
Spend some time Working on your Garden – Gardening is very therapeutic and is a great thing to do if you are feeling stressed. As well as giving you a focus, you can spend time outdoors in the fresh air enjoying the plants and garden birds.
If you don’t have a garden, you might be interested in getting an allotment, or offering to help a neighbour or friend in their garden.
Choose plants that will be suited to your garden from somewhere like Palmstead a wholesale plants provider, and make a home for nature with bird feeders and nesting boxes and if you have space, build a pond to attract wildlife.
Bring Nature into Your Home – You don’t necessarily have to go out to enjoy nature. Having nature around you in the home is also helpful. You could grow a herb garden on your windowsill, or exotic plants in your conservatory, and enjoy nature all around you even when you are at home.