Join in with Naturally Healthy May and Feel Happier and Healthier

With the joys of spring, May is a wonderful month to get outside and connect actively with nature.

Naturally Healthy May is about encouraging us all to take time to explore and enjoy our amazing natural surroundings, and you don’t have to travel far to find them.

Connecting to nature can be a positive distraction from day-to-day work, exams, and the busyness of everyday life. There is growing evidence that combining the power of nature and physical activity can have a positive impact. It can make us feel revived and relaxed – helping our mental health and wellbeing by reducing our stress and anxiety levels.

There is Something for Everyone

There are many ways you can connect actively to nature, either by yourself or with friends and family. How about going for a stroll nearby or joining a guided walk. Or maybe having a picnic in your local park. You may prefer to do some gardening, bird watching, going for a bike ride through the countryside or perhaps just stopping and mindfully listening to bird song early in the morning, breathing in the fresh air. Whatever you chose to do, there is something for everyone.

To get you started, Kate Hind from the Devon Local Nature Partnership (Devon LNP), has put together these great naturally healthy ideas. Plus, there’s more naturally healthy opportunities on the Devon LNP website.

If you’re looking for events and activities happening in your local area or would like to list an event you are running, you can also visit Devon Connect.

Sharing Naturally Healthy Ideas During May

Let’s all celebrate naturally healthy month together!

Active Devon and Devon County Council on behalf of the Devon LNP will be sharing #NaturallyHealthyMay ideas and information on social media throughout May. Keep an eye on social media @activedevon @DevonLNP. For organisers and participants please inspire others to get ‘Naturally Healthy’ too.

Get Involved with Future Naturally Healthy Months

Naturally Healthy month is part of Devon’s Naturally Healthy initiative led by Active Devon and Devon County Council on behalf of the Devon LNP. It brings together a wide range of partners from the health, wellbeing, community and environment sectors to ensure that everyone in Devon, whatever their age, is happier and healthier through increased connection to nature.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

Connecting to Nature 

“Connecting to nature is all about using your senses to notice what is around you. This could be hearing the dawn chorus, feeling the wind against your face, or seeing new flowers emerging from the ground. By valuing these experiences nature becomes more important to you and your feeling of belonging and wanting to conserve them. By being active in nature you are getting the benefits of being physically active and connecting to nature, a double whammy to your overall health!” Active Devon’s Tom Mack.