Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. Last week was Mental Health Awareness week here in the UK. Did you know FINDRA was inspired by the physical and mental benefits an active outdoor lifestyle can bring? Our aim is to encourage everyone to enjoy spending time outside.
This year’s Chelsea Flower Show key theme is Reconnecting with Nature and saw the Duchess of Cambridge collaborate on a garden inspired by childhood memories with the aim to encourage families to get outside.
“I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young kiddies”
HRH Duchess of Cambridge
With these physical and mental benefits, it’s no wonder that gardening is becoming more popular and it’s something easy to do as a family. This all comes not long after doctors in Scotland began prescribing the outdoors to patients with mental illness, diabetes, heart disease, stress among other conditions.
But with most of the global population living in cities and mental health illness risk being higher for those living in cities, what can you do to get your outside fix? Even if you can’t head to the hills and wild places of the Earth to gain your time outdoors, remember the local green spaces back near home. There are a number of community gardening projects around the UK making great use of your time to give back to the local area, make new friends and do a little bit for yourself, too.
To start your volunteering journey, head over to The Conservation Volunteers website.
Quote of the Week
Book of the Week
‘The Wild Remedy’ immediately struck us as one of the most beautifully illustrated books we’ve seen. Secondly, it’s a book we should all read to remind ourselves to take care of ourselves. Returning to nature to heal is a powerful tool and Emma Mitchell does well to combine honesty with vulnerability.
Emma Mitchell has suffered with depression – or as she calls it, ‘the grey slug’ – for twenty-five years. In 2003, she moved from the city to the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens and began to take walks in the countryside around her new home, photographing, collecting and drawing as she went. Each walk lifted her mood, proving to be as medicinal as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical.
Written with Emma’s characteristic wit and frankness, and filled with her beautiful drawings, paintings and photography, this is a truly unique book for anyone who has ever felt drawn to nature and wondered about its influence over us.
Emma’s book hasn’t been out long, so grab yours today to start your outdoor healing.
Music of the Week
We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!
Sit back, relax and maybe do a little meditation with this classic song from Van Morrison off the ‘No Guru, No Method, No Teacher’ album.
Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.
Love, Team FINDRA x