Updated: May 7
Mental Health Awareness week 2021: Monday 10th May – Sunday 16th May.
How does nature impact our wellbeing?
The main focus for the upcoming Mental Health Awareness week is Nature. There have been many studies into the effect nature can have on a person’s wellbeing mentally, physically and socially.
Up to 55% of humanity currently live in urban areas and by 2050 it may be up to 68%. As we have seen such a decline in the amount of exposure to nature and access to natural environments, we have seen an increase in anxiety and mental health conditions in urban areas as many as 1 in 4 adults in the UK are affected by mental health each year.
It has been proven that being surrounded by nature helps to reduce cortisol levels. Cortisol is also known as the “Fight or Flight” hormone which helps your body cope with stressful situations. If you are in a stressed state for a prolonged period your cortisol levels will remain high which can have a negative impact on your mood such as ma