Nature not only inspires us but also supports our mental and emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and helps us deal with challenges in life that we all face.
We are delighted to partner with My NI (DAERA) on their Get Into Nature campaign.
‘Get Into Nature’ is a collaborative digital marketing campaign, created by the following partners: My NI (DAERA), PHA, KNIB and Outdoor Recreation NI.
‘Get Into Nature’, aims to encourage people across Northern Ireland to get out into Nature, enjoy it without damaging it, do what we can to help protect it and to be prepared for all conditions and events that may occur when we’re out and about.
Nature not only inspires us but also supports our mental and emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and helps us deal with challenges in life that we all face. We’ve all been guilty of not being ‘present in the moment’ thanks to social media, gadgets and digital interruptions but getting into nature helps us de-stress, focus and put things into perspective.
Everyone is different, and we will all take different things from the natural world around us, but even something as simple as going for a walk provides us with fresh air and a change of scenery. Equally, if you live in the city and can’t access green space or are anxious about leaving your home during these current circumstances, sitting somewhere quiet and admiring a view allows us to experience calming, positive feelings.
It’s easy to engage with the spaces around us and of course it's also important that we follow current guidelines on social distancing'.
Here’s some handy tips:
One of the easiest ways to enjoy nature, going for a stroll allows us space to think while also getting some gentle exercise. Northern Ireland boasts a range of country parks that are perfect for walking and exploring. You don’t always need to hit the countryside to find a great walk – our towns and cities are full of green spaces and iconic landmarks that are great to discover on two feet. Click here for a great list of hidden gems in NI.
Go jogging along the coast. Book a spot on the community tennis court. Train or do yoga in the local park. We can make time for ourselves and do these things solo, or we could look into local groups, such as a running club, and make new connections in the process, as well as raising fitness and confidence levels.
Go for a picnic in the park or, where it’s allowed, get together with family (don’t forget to collect any litter). If there’s a free concert or festival in the local green space, drop in to check it out adhering to social distancing regulations. Even spending a few hours sitting on the grass with friends frees us from the stresses of daily life.
Volunteer for a local project – check on schemes in your area – or take on your own task, like building a bird or hedgehog house, growing plants or flowers on your windowsill if you live in an apartment. Creating something to benefit the ecosystem around us is a fulfilling venture that builds confidence, self-worth and focuses on a positive outcome.
Appreciate how your senses respond to the elements of nature around us. There are things to smell, taste, touch, hear and see, all of which centre our thoughts on the simple, natural environment in which we exist. Grab five minutes out of your day, go outside and concentrate on the world. If you are anxious about leaving your home, you can open the window and let the fresh air in or arrange a comfortable space to sit and look out over a natural view or the skies. Click here for more information on 'My NI, My Garden'.
Whatever you do, however you do it, being outside can, and will, do you a great deal of good. It’s easy to get out into the fresh air.