This week, Lakeside Primary has been taking part in Mental Health Awareness Week by connecting with nature. During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. The research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of the top coping strategies and 45% of the population reported that being in green spaces had been vital for their mental health. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more. It was as if we were re-discovering at our most fragile point our fundamental human need to connect with nature. Children have been spending some mindful time watching nature scenes and listening to the sounds, as well as getting out and noticing nature such as cloud observations.
We have also looked at activities to help ground and relax the children. This is a two-week calendar with daily mindfulness activity suggestions. The activities within the calendar will take approximately five minutes.