According to The Mental Health Foundation’s research, spending time outdoors has been one of the most effective mechanisms that people have used to cope with the stress of Covid-19. 45% of people in the UK said that visiting green spaces, such as parks, helped them to get through lockdown.
It is not just lockdown cabin fever that has shown the positive influence of nature. A Cornell study that has been looking into the effects of nature on mental stress found that as little as 10 minutes in a natural space helped college students feel happier and lessened the effects of their worry and anxieties. Another study found that patients with a bedside window, who had access to scenes of nature, on average healed a day faster after surgery and needed less pain medication than those patients who could not see outside.
In a year where we have all been acutely aware about the importance of not just our own mental health, but that of the people around us, we at Carbonxgen wanted to elevate the message and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
Inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week’s #ConnectWithNature campaign, Carbonxgen has been running a photography competition encouraging all staff to go out, connect with nature and take their best photos of the natural world.
Here is a selection of our favourites:
This year will be critical in ensuring the protection of our natural spaces and reducing the impact that we have on them. The new Environment Bill going through Parliament will shape the natural world for years to come. The UK will also be hosting the G7 nations at COP26 in November where international governments’ responses to creating changes towards sustainability will be a key priority.
Want to do your bit to help protect our natural world? Get in touch and discover how Carbonxgen can help you find the right way for your business to make a positive environmental impact with a Carbonxgen Pledge.
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