Here in the UK, May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
It’s a month to help release the stigma surrounding mental and emotional health and shepherd in the awareness that creating space for the daily nurturing of our mental and emotional health is an essential requirement for happiness, empathy and compassionate living.
And, you know what’s neat?
Nature is reminding us of this all the time, if we pay attention. The sun always rises slowly, it always takes time to set beautifully… the birds always take time to sing in and out each new day as though it’s their first one.
For me, being outside in nature is an essential part of my mental and emotional health toolkit and it keeps me centered in the studio as well. Being outside reminds me to get out of my head and into my body, just like our dog Remi does when we’re out walking… she is such a good role model for being in the moment!
I encourage you to take time each day this month to give your mental and emotional health the space it needs to flourish… even if it’s just taking a moment to breathe deeply and listen to the birds sing, those moments add up! Perhaps you’ll love it so much you’ll continue throughout the year, wouldn’t that be great?
Check back in here throughout the month, I’ll be sharing some simple top tips from my work in the mental health arena for putting your mental and emotional health on the top of your to-do list.
For now, get outside as much as you can and please do share some of your own top tips for mental and emotional health in the comments below.