GREEN PRESCRIPTION FOR HENLEY
HAVE YOU HAD YOUR DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN N (NATURE) LATELY?
Here are 10 suggestions you might like to try:
- Seek out a green space, making your relationship with nature personal to you. Keeping your window open to enjoy the fresh air and natural sunlight is a great start!
- Make the decision to relax and be mindful, noticing what you can hear, see, smell, touch all around you.
- Interact with wildlife, actively listening to birdsong, having a nesting box built and installed by the Bisham Nest Box group if you wish. They ask for a donation covering material and travel expenses: www.bnbg.org.uk
- Be creative, painting, drawing, writing, crafting, taking photos (not forgetting to put your phone on airplane mode!) highlighting the beauty of nature. Check out Rewilding Harpsden
- Walk, exploring your local area, taking part in a nature mindfulness walk or other walk as part of the Chilterns walking festival, which is held twice a year (in May and October) or joining the Ramblers exploring the Warburg nature reserve at your own pace. You might want to focus on three things: noticing your breath, connecting with the environment, enjoying each step.
- Have a go at gardening, watching your own herbs, fruit or vegetables grow on your windowsill, in your garden or allotment, perhaps joining the Sonning Common Green Gym or Greenshoots if you have a learning or physical disability:
- Volunteer in a conservation project: Contact Greener Henley and plant trees, pick litter or help hedgehogs or swifts or toads!
- Read nature-inspired books available at your library - Vitamin N : the essential guide to a nature-rich life by Richard Louv and Losing Eden : why our minds need the wild by Lucy Jones and listen to nature-themed music: Rising Appalachia, The Silent Watcher, Laura Inserra, Xavier Rudd and many more.
- Think natural movement, improving how we move in nature can work wonders for our health: visit nutritious movement for inspiration, try out ASICS movement for mind or book a private session with local movement coach.
- Find online inspiration, perhaps trying out Seven Days of Nature Connection:
- DAY 1: Get to know your local (early spring) wild flower
- DAY 2: Look up at the sky multiple times a day
- DAY 3: Get to know your neighbour (of the bird variety)
- DAY 4: Find something soft to touch
- DAY 5: Find something textured to touch
- DAY 6: Smell a flower
- DAY 7: Fall in love with nature
- Downloadable and editable version on the Bell Surgery website.
- A dose of nature - Addressing Chronic Health conditions by using the environment: Dose of nature evidence report