Connect with Nature for Improved Mental Health, says Jonathon Porritt

In this post Jonathon Porritt, well-known environmentalist and current President of The Conservation Volunteers, reflects on the importance of connecting with Nature for our mental health. Jonathon has kindly shared this post with us here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) as part of our series of guest blog posts and videos we’ll be sharing this week in the lead up to World Environment Day on Friday, 5th June.

Health is More Than the Absence of Disease

Health should be seen as more than simply a life without illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges this in its definition of health. WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Yet, this can leave us with further questions, such as: What more health does involve, and what can we do to support more holistic health and wellbeing? This post is the ninth in a series highlighting the best resources from each of the ten categories in our Wellbeing Database. The series has so far explored wellbeing in relation to the environment, education, food, economy, community, family, work and ethics. This post follows with a summary some of the best resources relating to health and wellbeing.

Eating Better to Increase Wellbeing

A healthier and more sustainable diet can improve our own health, whilst also contributing to the general wellbeing of our communities and of the natural world. In 2015, Eating Better is encouraging everyone to take the Eating Better Challenge and enjoy tasty, affordable and healthy meals by incorporating more plant-based foods and less meat into everyday eating.

Permaculture: A Route to Taking Care of Ourselves and the Planet

This post, written by Phil Moore of Permaculture People, explains how taking care of ourselves can find common cause with taking care of the planet. Phil explains permaculture as; "an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living. A thinking tool for designing low carbon, productive landscapes, enterprises, and communities that can be used by anyone, anywhere. Permaculture is very much about maintaining a healthy balance - both in the wider biosphere and inside our selves, the inner biome".