How Flowers Can Improve Our Mental Health ft. The Flower Shops *

AD, Gifted | It’s well known that getting outside, especially in nature, is a great way to improve our mental health. In fact, research has shown that people who surround themselves with flowers, and other forms of natural beauty, – both indoors and out – experience reduced stress, decreased symptoms of depression, and increased creativity. But it’s not only our mental health feeling the positive effects. There are also physical benefits too; from a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, and fatigue, increased energy, and even using nature as a form of exercise, for example hiking. Some flowers, such as […]

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Ways to Boost Your Mood During Summer (+ Help with Reverse SAD)

Out of the four seasons, Summer is my least favourite. It’s hot, sweaty and can be very uncomfortable to sleep. I also burn very easily (even in overcast English weather) which doesn’t help my ill feelings towards the Summer season either! And I’m not the only one; an estimated 10% of people in the UK experience depressive episodes in the Summer months. Commonly referred to as “Summertime Sadness” or the clinical name ‘Reverse SAD’. Photo by Alexander Shustov on Unsplash. But why do some people experience low moods this time of year? Aren’t the bright sunny days supposed to brighten […]

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Ideas to help improve mental health

In last month’s #beechat, guest hosted by the lovely Duncan of Tales of a Bearded Man, we talked about the January Blues and how we try to combat them. There were many great ideas to help improve your mental health brought up and it got me thinking about my own mental wellbeing. I think it’s safe to say we all have bad days, however for those who struggle with their mental health, honestly, it can feel even more difficult. Especially this time of year. The holiday period is over and many of us are getting back to normality again. So […]

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