Green Health & Wellbeing Tips from Sarah Burgess

How things have changed since the last time I sat down to write about green health. However, just because we can’t go out and join a health walk or a green volunteering group, it is important that we continue to connect to nature.

In fact, things have changed in the time it has taken to write this article! However during these days when solitude is enforced, if you are able to get out for your one walk (or run) a day then why not try and make it to a green space? Just make sure you stick to the government and NHS guidelines on social distancing. Getting outdoors and active will help you cope.

Gardening is an excellent way to keep your physical and mental health in tip top condition, so if you’ve got access to your own garden now is the time to get connected to nature, relax and destress. Let your mind focus on the task at hand, whether you are weeding or just sweeping up the leaves. Working on your garden can give you a real sense of achievement, especially after our very wet and windy winter.

However not everyone has access to their own so I’ve been thinking about other therapeutic tasks which can help reduce stress. I’ve been compiling a range of 19 green activities that can help you stay connected to nature while you are indoors. From identifying the trees you can see from your window, to taking a walk on a Hawaiian beach, to reading about life in the Cairngorms, these activities will help keep you connected. Read all about 19 ways to connect to nature during COVID-19 here.

For more information on the Lanarkshire Green Health Partnership contact sarah.burgess@vaslan.org.uk

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