We know that simply by spending time outside in nature mental health can improve, however by making small adjustments to your nature activities you can amplify this improvement even further!

When considering how to integrate wellbeing, there are 5 common areas to look at:

1 | Connect

Consider how your activity connects with either nature & or other people.
Design activities that encourage teamwork and require some communication with other people.

2 | Be Active

Provide a selection of inclusive activities which consider different access needs. Walking, moving & gardening are all forms of being active.

3 | Take Notice

One of the most important things in nature is to slow down and take notice of the wonders of nature.

Ask participants to observe their environment and share what they notice and how this makes them feel. If people are struggling to spot things point out things such as the changing colours of the leaves or the movement of the wind.

4 | Learn

At the end of each session encourage participants to share what they have learnt today, whether new skills or observations.

Encourage people to share what they already know about nature, whether that’s their favourite plant or an outdoor space they enjoy spending time.
Remember that a lot of the skills people develop during your activity are transferable and may help build confidence for those currently not in employment. Make sure that participants recognise and celebrate their skills.

5 | Give

The feeling of giving is hugely rewarding so provide space and acknowledge how participants have gifted their time and skills to nature. Reflect and highlight how participants work has helped nature to thrive and the long-term effects of this. Where people have supported others acknowledge this as a gift.

Manchester Mind have a meditation playlist which you can listen to on a walk in nature!