Looking After You: Is Disconnecting With Nature Effecting Our Mental Health?
As we move into yet another change of season and the circumstances of this pandemic haven’t seemed to change much I have been exploring the idea that a disconnection with nature could be a reason we are seeing a rise in mental health conditions.
As I sit down to write this article my mind drifts to the walks my partner and I have been dedicated to take as much as we can over this time, through the blast of the hot days but also in the depth of the cold winter we would wrap up and encourage each other to brave the dark evenings.
Are we losing our connection to nature and could this be a factor to how we may be feeling?
The book “Losing Eden” by Lucy Jones reminds me of how my grandparents would know the names of different plants, trees, birds and insects just highlighting how a connection to the outside world was part of their everyday lives and how younger generations are potentially desensitized to the natural world.
Could it be that the further we remove ourselves from nature the unhappier we are?
So as the autumn begins to grow upon us take the time to step outside, stop and watch the surrounding natural world and just explore the idea that this could be the very answer to bringing us back to the present moment and ultimately make these colder months a little bit more enjoyable.
Safe Stay, Kim