Why getting ‘out’ into nature couldn’t be more important right now.
Let’s be honest, the world has gone a little bit weird (& crazy!). And with the current state of affairs within the United Kingdom, it’s natural to feel a little overwhelmed and anxious.
As things currently stand, the UK Government has advised us to all to implement ‘social-distancing’ to try and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Including non-essential travel to work, only shopping for essentials (when it’s required), and avoiding contact with friends and family.
As important as social-distancing is right now, I think we can all appreciate that it can also feel boring or frustrating, and because of this, you may find that your mood and general mental wellbeing are affected.
At Face Florals we have been looking into ways to help boost our moods and mental well-being in this turbulent time, which don’t involve reaching for a puzzle book.
Nature Infused Wellness.
Throughout the modern decade, research has shown the positive impacts of spending time within nature, on both our physical and mental health. Including reducing anxiety, stress and in some cases depression.
The current advice from the UK Government is “to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with.” Ok, great! But what if you are a ‘venerable’ individual who has been advised otherwise?
It’s not unknown that we are nature enthusiasts at Face Florals, so we have pulled together some simple ideas & tips on how you can inject some ‘nature-infused wellness’ into your routine, whether it be outside or inside.
Spend time with your Indoor Plants.
Did you know, studies have shown that indoor plants have incredible mood-boosting effects? They can also help to improve concentration and creativity, as well as emoting a sense of calm and reducing the feeling of stress. Better still! Indoor plants help to remove toxins from the air and inject oxygen into your home. Go on! Show your indoor plants some love!
Open your windows.
It sounds really simple, but opening up your windows and allowing fresh air & natural sunlight into your home will help you feel more connected with nature, and boost your mood. Turn off your radio or TV for 10 mins, and listen to nature.
If you can of course! But don’t forget the 2-meter rule. Sit in your garden, go for a walk, or even a run if you’re able to. Getting some fresh air into your lungs can make the difference to your mood.
Embrace ‘Forest Bathing’.
Forest Bathing is all about taking time out to slow down and re-connect with nature. The trend has been increasingly popular within Japan and is often recommended as a form of therapy by specialist GP’s to their patients. As its name suggests, it’s all about ‘bathing’ in nature. Lying back, tuning into your surroundings and taking it all in.