In spending time outside and enhancing our connectedness to nature, nature decreases loneliness, builds resilience, and provides opportunities for self-care. So let's take a closer look at nature's mental health benefits.
Relationships and social wellness are critical components of our mental and physical health. We need a strong social network to provide support through hardships and everyday challenges. Not only that, but good social wellness helps us to be more resilient and respond better in the face of stress.
The emotional drainage that occurs after a year of isolation can fuel social anxiety. It is okay if the idea of returning to your pre-pandemic social life - both work and personal - feels daunting to you. You have spent over a year adapting to an entirely new reality, one filled with fear and uncertainty, so it’s normal to now feel uncertain about what you initially thought would feel more liberating and exciting.
When anxiety attacks, a single worry or thought can lead to restlessness, rapid breathing, sweating, and an increased heart rate. Once the physical symptoms begin to take over, anxiety can feel that much more impossible to overcome. Here's what to do...