Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

News — Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

 

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will focus on Nature and will take place from 10-16 May 2021.

It has been evidenced that access to nature is crucial for our mental health, and millions of people re-discovered this during the COVID-19 lockdown.

We’re supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 by ensuring everyone is able to share in the natural world and experience the mental health benefits that come with it. Check out our list of themed activities below which include lots of great ways for you to get involved. Plus be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for daily posts throughout the week!

• Local Nature Walks

It’s suggested that walking for 30 minutes a day is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health, both physical and mental. Some days this task may seem easier than others, but if you’re in need of a little motivation or encouragement, walking with others can turn what feels like exercise into an enjoyable social occasion.

So for our first Mental Health Awareness Week activity, we’ve sourced four of our favourite local nature walking routes for you to try, whether alone or with company. The routes include:

Llanelli Millennium Coast Walk – Click here for directions and photos.

Millennium Coastal Park – Click here for directions and photos.

Llanelli Water Park – Click here for directions and photos.

Carmarthen Bay and Gower – Click here for directions and photos.

• Nature Scavenger Hunt

Whilst you’re out and about on your local nature walk, why not task yourself with completing a scavenger hunt? From insects and flowers to rocks, trees and everything in between, it will provide you with hours of fun.

Our nature scavenger hunt is a great way of connecting with the natural surroundings and for having a break from day-to-day life. So take a deep breath, forget about any worry or stress and enjoy your time with nature.

To download and print the scavenger hunt at home, click here.

• Llanelli Nature Photography Competition

We have such beautiful scenery here in Llanelli, which you’ll be able to see on your local nature walk or whilst taking part in our scavenger hunt, and so as a bit of fun, we’re running a Llanelli nature photography competition. We’re giving customers the chance to WIN fantastic prizes from our stores at Parc Trostre! To find out how to enter, click here.

*T&C’s apply.

• Llanelli Wetland Centre

With wide-open spaces and wetlands full of the sights and sounds of nature, there’s plenty to see and do at Llanelli Wetland Centre.

Fill your lungs with fresh air, stretch your legs and get ready to explore the extraordinary wetland paradise, whatever the weather! To book your visit click here.

• Wellbeing Playlist

If getting outside into nature is difficult for you, why not listen to a playlist of some virtual soundscapes of nature? This way you won’t miss out on the benefits that music and nature can have on your wellbeing.

Whether you’re in the garden or in front of the window, sit back, relax and press play here. The tranquil sounds will soon transport you somewhere far, far away. Will it be a tropical beach, a rainforest or a meadow field? Wherever your happy place is, enjoy!

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