Renew and refresh: Getting out and about in spring
Connecting with nature outdoors is great for your mental health. Emma shares with us how getting out and about during a busy working day gives her time to catch up with family, as well as a chance to calm her mind and regain her focus.
I enjoy spending my free time outdoors, going for nature walks and exploring. But as a full-time power wheelchair user, the winter months can be particularly challenging, making it difficult to get out as often as I would like. This can make it tough to maintain my active lifestyle and I find myself hibernating at home, which has an impact on my mental health.
As winter fades away and the days grow longer, the arrival of spring brings a sense of renewal and rejuvenation. The fresh air and sunshine give me an instant boost, along with a feeling of brightness and excitement for more time outdoors.
Nothing beats taking advantage of warm spring days by going for long walks in the sun with my partner or family, even if it's just a short stroll in the afternoons or evenings after a long day of working from home. It just feels good to get away from other distractions and chat with my family.
On those days, I like to visit my local park near my house and admire the gorgeous flowers and the trees getting their leaves again. Around this time of year, my favourite trees are cherry blossom and magnolia, as well as the pretty wildflowers, daffodils, and tulips dotted around.
The transformation always seems so magical, reminding me of why spring is one of my favourite seasons. And the spring sunshine has a way of making everything look so pretty.
I always feel a sense of contentment and calm whenever I return home from being outdoors. The sights and peacefulness of nature help clear my mind and restore my focus. I’m looking forward to getting out and about this spring, discovering new walks and revisiting some of my favourites.