Over lockdown did you find yourself appreciating nature more? I was told to stay indoors (or in my 2x2m garden) for the first three weeks and I realised how much nature impacts my wellbeing.
I decided to redecorate my room and something I decided to do was bring some of the outside in. It turns out that research shows that looking after house-plants has a very positive effect on
our well-being. Studies have also shown that children exposed to the natural world showed increases in self-esteem as it unleashes creativity and positive risk taking as well as a chance to play.
Have you found that exposure to nature makes you feel better emotionally?
Take a few minutes to reflect on this.
If we know that nature is important for our wellbeing, then it is also important that we take care of our planet and make steps to become more environmentally friendly.
We have a long history with our organisations, of providing outdoor learning, environmental and wellbeing projects (often mixing all three together). We would love to work with any young people who want to make a difference in their local environment. Maybe you would like to develop a reflection garden, or a community nature area. Get in touch with us on our social media if you do!
If you want to know more about sustainable living, here are 5 accounts we think are really helpful
1. Plastic Free Faversham. although Faversham based, a lot of their information goes across all of Swale
2. Wyatt & Jack : Such a great idea - taking broken inflatables and creating affordable fashion!
3. A good company: We've just discovered this, not always cheap but incredibly sustainable
4. Loop Community: A great new way to buy plastic free foods & drinks
5. Know the Origin: A great sustainable fashion account.
The Wheel of Wellbeing also has some great activities suggested by the community that can increase your environmental wellbeing.
What accounts would you suggest following?