4 ways being outside can help with stress
14-20 May is national Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, and this year the focus is on stress. Stress can affect us at any age, including in childhood.
Stress is an emotional and physical response to feeling overwhelmed. Some stress is good for us – it’s a signal to act and get going. Stress was a lifesaver in the days of sabre-toothed tigers! The problems arise when we experience stress out of proportion to the threats we face – making our lives feel difficult and unpleasant.
It can occur when we have too many demands on our time, and it can also be triggered by...
Be a friend to the birds
It’s a tough time for birds in the UK at the moment, with the big freeze making food hard to come by in recent days. As Spring arrives, birds are thinking about finding a mate and nesting, so having enough food and energy is especially important.
This week we’re sharing some simple tips on caring for the birds at this critical time of year.
Feed the birds
The extreme weather has forced wild birds such as winter thrushes into gardens to search for food. Usually these birds feed on berries in hedgerows and woodlands and steer clear of gardens, but after the long winter, much of the...
Four Fun Winter Beach Activities
Beaches aren’t just for summer! With over 7,000 miles of coastline, there are beaches aplenty in the UK. They can be at their most dramatic in winter, and chances are you’ll have them to yourselves. Dogs tend to be more welcome too: many popular beaches operate a dog-friendly policy from November to March.
So if you’re in the mood to blow away the cobwebs and banish the winter blues with a bracing coastal walk, here are four ideas for making the most of your wintry beach time with young children:
Make beach art
Stormy, winter seas are wonderful for leaving all sorts of treasures on the...
Five things to make and do outdoors this half term
Summer’s just around the corner, and that means lots of playing outside! Parks and woods offer plenty of entertainment for everyone: trees to climb, swings to swing, hide and seek to play, but if you want some more inspiration for getting your fix of nature this half term, here are our top five ideas.
Make a flower crown
Late May and June is ablaze in floral colour, and what better way to celebrate than unleashing your inner royalty?! With a bit of hunting around, the woods or garden offer all you need to make a beautiful crown – though if you use some string, tape and...
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