This year's mental health awareness topic is 'nature'. Curriculum guidelines in England state that children should know simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family, and the benefits of hobbies and interests.
Spend some mindful moments spotting shapes and stories in the sky. Look out and up—are there any clouds today? Just stop and watch for a while. Click on the link below for more information on this activity.
Five ways to connect to nature to help our wellbeing
1. Seek out green spaces
2. Relaxation and mindfulness
3. Interacting with wildlife
5. Gardening, conservation and farming
This is a two-week calendar with daily 5-minute long mindfulness activity suggestions. You can run these activities whenever you like, for example at the start of lessons, or after playtime, to help ground and relax the children.
Sir David Attenborough
Sir David talks about the links between mental health and nature, and how you can make the most of the natural world. As people spend more time indoors, ecotherapy is emerging as a way to help rebuild our relationships with nature—and improve mental and physical health.