Nightingale Hospital staff #ConnectWithNature for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (10th – 16th May) theme is nature.
This theme has been chosen because there is increasing awareness that exposure to nature has many positive effects on our physical health and mental wellbeing.
To recognise this important week, we asked consultant psychiatrists, therapists, other staff and patients at Nightingale Hospital to submit original photographs or sketches they’ve taken of nature; and asked them to share how nature improves their mental health and wellbeing.
Staff and patients were encouraged to share an image of something that inspires or resonates with them; or something that they simply find beautiful or unique.
Some of these beautiful staff submissions are featured below.
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Why is nature important for our health?

  • Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health issues including anxiety, depression and mood disorders
  • Nature has been found to reduce anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings
  • Nature improves physical health
  • Alleviates feelings of social isolation

Tips on connecting with nature

The Mental Health Foundation share these tips to ensure you’re getting your fill of nature:

  • Find nature wherever you are
  • Connect with nature using all of your senses
  • Get out into nature
  • Bring nature to you
  • Exercise in nature
  • Combine nature with creativity
  • Protect nature

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