I read recently Doctors in Scotland are now prescribing activities in nature to help with mental health issues. This is a wonderful thing and I hope it creates the beginning of a big shift in the way we deal with mental health in the UK. However isn't it sad that nowadays, the suggestion of getting back to nature has to be a suggestion at all.
These Doctors are seen as innovators just because they are prescribing fresh air instead of drugs!
One of the 5 gates of grief is that we were born to see horizons, so it makes sense that this concrete world we have created separates us from the joy that is our nature.
You don't even have to have a passion for walking , hiking or hill running, there are so many other things you can do.
Even if all you can manage is to wrap up in appropriate clothing, go outside & just breathe.
There are people who can show you how too, Like Katie Rees who's social enterprise Kindlewoods takes people out into the woods to guide them in getting back to nature, doing things like fire lighting and wild cooking. Or Mim Robson who uses nature for mindful art in the outdoors - both of these lovely ladies have led sessions I have had the privilege to partake in, both sessions took me out of my comfort zone, and both had a profound healing effect on my mind and brought playful joy back into my heart when it felt a bit lost.
Whatever it is you decide to try, try it with an open mind and a playful heart, you will undoubtedly connect back to that part of you who as a child could find fun in anything.
This will remind you that life is supposed to be fun - and we all need to be reminded of that from time to time!