13th May 2021 by Henry Findlater

Mental Health Awareness Week - Nature


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and here at MASECO we are supporting this year’s theme of NATURE. Our HR team offer some suggestions as to how to connect with nature and the importance of nature on our psychological and emotional health.

‘There is something to be wondered at in all of Nature’ - Aristotle.  

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and here at MASECO we are supporting this year’s theme of NATURE.

Nature is central to our psychological and emotional health. During the long months of the pandemic, millions of us all over the world turned to nature for relief; research by the Mental Health Foundation shows that 45% of those asked reported access to green space as a vital coping mechanism and websites livestreaming wildlife webcams saw hits increase by a massive 2000%. From NASA sharing live streams from space, through to Conde Naste sharing articles on how to ‘virtually travel’, it was clear how much people were placing importance on nature and their surroundings, as well as looking for escapism. 

The aim of Mental Health Awareness Week is to inspire people to connect with nature in new ways.  Nature is our great untapped resource for a mentally healthy future, bringing consolation in times of stress and increasing our creativity, empathy and sense of wonder.

Connecting with Nature

At MASECO this week we have encouraged staff to capture the beauty in their surroundings and share it internally to appreciate the nature around us. If you are looking to connect with nature this week, here are some suggestions from our HR team: 

  • Experience Nature - read these top tips for how to connect with nature, even amongst the most urban environments .Try listening to the sounds of the nature to bring the outside in, even while sitting at your desk.
  • Enjoy Nature - get outside!  Spending quality time with nature can reduce stress, balance your mood and help you feel more positive. The important thing is to switch on your senses and really connect – whether that’s noticing the flowers on your daily jog, or listening to the birds as you walk.

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