Nature and Wellbeing
Nature has taken on a whole new level of importance for many of us over the past year. It provided us with a welcome escape from the monotony of the same four walls as well as being a place to meet up with family and friends.
Whether you enjoyed nature in the form of a walk in the countryside, a spot of gardening or a visit to a beach or country park, studies show that nature can make a truly positive contribution to our mental wellbeing and physical health.
According to a YouGov survey published by the Mental Health Foundation, almost three quarters of adults in Northern Ireland say being close to nature improves their mood, whilst almost half of NI adults say that being close to nature helps make them feel less worried or anxious.
Despite the positive benefits we seem to derive from being nature, the survey also found that before the pandemic, just over 1 in 10 adults living here spent one hour or less in nature each week, whilst 1 in 10 people found it difficult to access nature when they wanted.
With research suggesting that spending around two hours per week in nature is ideal for boosting health and wellbeing, it’s clearly important that we take the time to get into nature and appreciate its sights and sounds and everything else it has to offer.
Nature and Wellbeing Resources
Fortunately in Northern Ireland we have no shortage of stunning locations, including green spaces in and around our towns and cities for all of us to enjoy.
We’ve got lots of great resources to help you make the most of nature, including tips for using nature to help boost your well-being, ideas for some great hidden gem walks across NI, information about pain management, and details of a quick survey you can take to discover your relationship with nature score.
Take action today!
We hope, you’ll share our passion for the environment and want to do something to give the planet a helping hand yourself. We want to inspire you to get curious about and get involved with actions that will be good for nature, our local habitats and species, for ourselves and ultimately for our planet.Get involved