Evidence shows that spending time in the great outdoors can help reduce your stress levels, improve your concentration and generally helps you to feel happier.
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice and Give.
Connect – Make time for people and enjoy the world around you
Connecting with family, friends, or people in your community will give you a sense of belonging. Why not spend time with them in nature? Go for a walk with a friend, share a picnic in your local park, meet new people at a community event or spend time in the backyard with your family.
Be Active – Move your body and breathe in the fresh air
Being active and moving your body helps you stay fit and healthy, both mentally and physically. There are so many ways that you can be active in nature. It’s as easy as a walk in the park.
Keep Learning – Be curious about nature and discover something new
Learning new things and challenging your mind will give you a sense of achievement. Learn something new regularly. Discover new things in nature, or in your own backyard. Why not learn how to grow your own food?
Take Notice – Find a moment to take in the beauty of nature
Taking notice and slowing down helps you to feel calm and relaxed. Learn to enjoy each moment. Take in the beauty of the natural world around you. Look out for the colours of the trees changing with the seasons, or listen for birds singing early in the morning.
Give – Do something nice for someone. Do something nice for the environment
Give what you can. It can be as simple as your time, your expertise or something from your garden. You can also give on a bigger scale by caring for the environment.
The 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature is a joint initiative as part of the broader Healthy Parks Healthy People program. This campaign is an adaption of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, developed in the UK by the New Economics Foundation.
You can also download ideas for practising the 5 Ways to Wellbeing during the COVID-19 response flyer.