Outside a great way to elevate your mood

This month marks Mental Health Awareness Week, until May 16. As we recover from the pandemic, during which so many people have faced emotional challenges, mental health awareness seems incredibly pertinent.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 6:00 am
Get out in the fresh air.

At Christians Against Poverty, many of our clients come to us with a variety of struggles. This ranges from needing debt help to support with finding a new job or budgeting advice. Often through getting CAP’s help people report an improvement in their mental health.

With the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week being nature and the environment, we’ve put together some tips to help you make the most of the early summer outdoors.

Advice from the NHS and mental health charity Mind says that there are health-boosting effects of spending time outdoors, being close to nature and having a chance to breathe fresh air.

We have lots of beautiful parks in Sheffield, but if getting close to nature means you would like to travel into the Peak District, get yourself a packed lunch, take a bottle of water or a flask of tea, and head out for a walk.

Both the NHS and Mind websites have tons of great ideas for getting off the sofa, exercising and enjoying the health benefits of the outdoors. Find out more at nhs.uk and mind.org.uk.

Even if you don’t have a very big garden, spending time outdoors can be beneficial. Now the pandemic restrictions are being eased, seeing people outside can be a great way to elevate your mood.

Gardening can also promote positive feelings as you nurture new life. It’s a great way to grow extra food too. These do well in containers, so you don’t even need much space. For the best vegetables to grow in pots see balconygardenweb.com.

At CAP, we know all too well the link between financial struggles and mental ill-health. If you have money worries, seek help sooner not later. Have a look at moneysavingexpert.com/loans/debt-help-plan.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, don’t suffer in silence. Get help through mind.org.uk or your GP.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ In Sheffield CAP has centres in Burngreave and S6 which cover the city. Visit capuk.org.