How do you feel after a brisk walk along sea cliffs with the salt air blowing through your hair, or a trek through shady woodland where the bluebells are starting to emerge?
If you are anything like us, you will have noticed nature makes you feel good. When you open yourself up and connect with the natural environment you’ll find it improves your wellbeing.
Here are some simple ways you can interact with nature…
1. Listen to the birds
May is the perfect month to spot beautiful British birds and hear the dawn chorus. Peaking around half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after, it’s at its best in fine, clear weather with little wind. Then the birdsong can carry up to 20 times as far as normal.
While real birdsong experienced outdoors is best, bringing the sounds to wherever you happen to be can improve your wellbeing too. Here’s a handy recording from the RSPB to hear them anytime.
2. Spend time among the trees
Ever wondered what that gorgeous smell in a pine forest is? It’s phytoncide, an essential oil the trees produce to protect themselves from germs and insects. These oils hang around in the air near trees and you can breathe them in simply by being there.
As well as smelling wonderful these essential oils are also good for our health, improving immune system function and lowering the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies. To make the most of the amazing properties of trees why not try a spot of Forest Bathing, also known as ‘Shinrin-Yoku?’ This thriving movement is a great way to de-stress and boost health and wellbeing in a natural way.
3. Get out and smell the roses
We are sure you have experienced many floral fragrances. We love how the rain on a spring day releases the scent of all sorts of blooms and the world comes alive with fresh, flowery aromas.
Because we love them so much, our candles and Moment Melts contain a variety of subtle floral essential oils including lavender, jasmine, orange blossom and rock rose, so you can bring the beautiful outside in.
By using our products to improve your wellbeing you’ll also be helping others as 3% of all sales goes straight to the Mental Health Foundation. They do a brilliant job championing all things mental health, and this year Mental Health Awareness Week (10th-16th May) is all about nature. Here’s some top tips for connecting with nature to improve your mental health. Excuse us while we head outside to enjoy its beauty.