Focusing on nature during Mental Health Awareness Week

When we face difficulty or find ourselves in challenging and unpleasant circumstances, we are hit with all kinds of emotions that in turn can impact our immune system and mental health.

The last 16 months have certainly presented us with challenges we’ve never before experienced, and whilst there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is still something to be said about how many will be affected post-pandemic. That’s why Mental Health Awareness Week is so important, themed ‘nature’ for 2021.

As we look back on two lockdowns in Guernsey where many felt isolated and helpless, amongst other emotions, we’re reminded of the value of those allocated hours where we were encouraged to get outside. For many, those moments helped to provide the strength needed to face the pandemic and it’s uncertainties. And that’s no surprise, given that it’s proven we as humans gravitate to nature for comfort and pleasure*

In Guernsey we are fortunate to be surrounded by stunning landscapes; from scenic coastal views to cliff walks, quiet lanes, open fields and historic architecture, to name just a few. In light of that, we’ve collected just some of our favourite photographs to share, in hopes that it’ll encourage us all to take a moment each day to get outside, look around, and enjoy what we’re fortunate to have on our doorstep.

See you out there! ❤
#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #ConnectWithNature
*Reference: Healing Gardens