It's Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May). With so many of us turning to the outdoors to get through lockdowns and the pandemic, this year's theme will focus on nature and its central role for our mental health.
Here are some tips to consider this and every week:
- Being outdoors doesn't have to involve exercise. Walk, read or listen to a podcast in natural surroundings.
- Share the experience. If you feel anxious in new situations, invite a friend to join you outside and explore together.
- Bring the outdoors in. Having fresh flowers or a houseplant to care for can help to bring nature into your everyday space.
Remember you can visit Oxford's Botanic Garden and Arboretum for free as a student, and to share and get help with your experience of mental health, join the supportive online community on Togetherall using your Oxford email.
For more information about how the University supports students' mental health, visit our Wellbeing at Oxford page.