Five WILD ways to wellbeing

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Approximately 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem each year*. Why not discover a wild way to wellbeing with these five simple tips?

Here at the Wildlife Trust we know just how important regular contact with nature is.

Spending time outside can improve your mood, reduce stress or anger, help you feel more relaxed, improve your physical health, improve your confidence and self-esteem and help you be more active. Best of all, it’s free and right on our doorsteps for everyone to enjoy.

We wanted to share these five simple things you can do right now to help you feel happier and more relaxed. Why not give them a try?

Myplace on a wildlife walk

Go for a walk

Spending time in nature is a great way to relax; providing time to reflect and unwind.

Walking is a great way to keep fit and active. You could take a walk through your local park or nature reserve. Pick your favourite spot or try somewhere completely new. 

Wildlife photography

Get creative

Learning new skills, trying new things and sharing knowledge and experiences can be a fantastic way to improve your wellbeing. It doesn’t have to be a work of art, but you might end up surprising yourself with a newfound talent.

You could paint a picture of your favourite landscape, build a bug hotel or try your hand at some nature photography.

Discover something new

Make a new discovery

The natural world has so much to offer; why not read a book about some wildlife you would like to know more about or get practical and grow your own wildflowers?

Get curious and discover something new today.

Mindfulness in bluebell woods

Take some time out for you

Challenge yourself to put your phone away and SWITCH OFF.

Just be in the moment. Can you feel the sun on your face or the wind through your hair? Can you hear birdsong or the rustling of leaves? 

Myplace on a litter pick

Lend a helping hand

Helping others has been proven to make us feel happier and like a valued member of society.

You could take part in a two-minute beach clean, litter pick around your local green space or get stuck into some volunteering to get that feel good factor.  

Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding experience both physically and mentally and there are loads of ways you can get involved. Find out more about volunteering opportunities with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside by heading to our volunteering page.

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We have partnered up with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to empower young people, adults and their communities to connect with local environments in order to learn new skills, build resilience and improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.

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*According to figures from mental health charity, Mind