Over the last week I have been looking at ways of improving your mental health by getting out in nature and using simple techniques to improve your general well-being.
These techniques have involved;
Overall though it has involved being more mindful about how you live your day to day life. Mindfulness is at the heart of finding relief from stress and anxiety. It allows you to re-connect with not only nature but also yourself.
Concentrating on the ‘now’ and forgetting about the past and the future for a short space of time can improve your feeling of well-being and the amazing thing is that you can do this at any time and anywhere with simple and effective techniques that you always have with you.
Looking at sight first it is the use of images, either physical or kept within our memory, that we can concentrate on and imagine a calm or tranquil scene. Often this would be images of nature as the colours and memories of these landscapes/oceanscapes bring feelings of calm and relaxation.
The sound element refers to noises from nature or calming soundscapes. A babbling brook, a running stream, a summers meadow, wind in the trees, rain on leaves and many other soothing natural tracks. Mix this in with an image and the calming effect is increased.
The above two techniques both are using mindfulness to improve our mental health. It allows us to take a ‘time-out’ from our daily stresses and reset our minds.
A way to then further increase our level of mindfulness is to then incorporate breathing techniques. There are various breathing techniques that you can utilise on a daily basis that will help you relax and find a moment of quiet within a hectic day or a period of heightened stress/anxiety.
Nature has the ability to improve your mood, de-stress your body and heal your mind. If you physically can’t get outside into natural surroundings then even just imagining yourself in that environment can make a huge positive impact on your day.
With everything though practice makes perfect and you can’t expect to just immediately use mindfulness and for it to work instantly. It takes time and practice. Once you get better at it though you will begin to reap the benefits and wander why you didn’t start using it years ago.
You will find on my blog, and within my membership, lots of information on mindfulness and meditation. The 3 Elements to fitness that I talk about includes;
- Physical Fitness
- Mental Fitness
Each are as important as the other and putting as much time in to your mental health as you do your physical training is so important.
If I can help with anything then please do get in contact and I will do my best to assist.