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Connecting with nature
Connecting with nature is important for good wellbeing

Many studies have found positive links between nature and mental wellbeing. Additionally, living in greener places is linked to longer life expectancy and better mental and physical health.

 

Easy access to quality green space has become an essential need for urban dwellers. But you don’t have to head for the hills. London’s parks and green spaces are free and open to everyone regardless of who you are or where you live. In fact, research from the Mental Health Foundation showed that during the pandemic going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.

 

Here we outline some free resources to support you and others to connect with nature.

Resources from Good Thinking
London’s digital wellbeing service, Good Thinking, has a range of tools and resources to support your wellbeing. Here’s a selection on connecting with nature.
Getting "Vitamin N"
Read how to get your “Vitamin N” – for nature - to boost your wellbeing, from birdsong apps to growing your own fruit, veg or herbs.
Using your senses
Listen to Emma Tolley of the Eden Project share tips on connecting with nature – use all your senses outdoors to really notice the world around you.
Developing routine
Read how to use the disruption to your routine from the pandemic to develop a new healthy habit.
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Resources to help you
Resources to help you
Watch this Thrive LDN panel discussion on the benefits of green space for our wellbeing, and what can be done to overcome the barriers to accessing nature.
Building a relationship with nature
Listen to 23-year-old Londoner Kas on her relationship with nature, and how that connection has supported her mental health, in this Mental Health Foundation podcast.
Gardening
Read Camilla Royle’s blog on how gardening is good for us – but don’t expect instant results.
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Resources to help you support others
Volunteering
Read how volunteering in a community garden was a ‘lifesaver’ for one mental health professional.
Royal Parks
Check out this list of events and activities taking place in London’s Royal Parks.
Connecting with others
Watch and hear from other Londoners about how connections – to nature, to others, and to our communities – are important ways of keeping our resilience topped up.
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