Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be.
Spring is the season of hope, the days get lighter and longer, the weather gets warmer, and we welcome new opportunities to embrace the shift in the seasons. The improving weather allows us to get exercise outside, spend more time in the fresh air and make the most of all that nature has to offer.
Spring can also be a great time to begin new routines. By incorporating small changes into our days we can build habits that encourage and revitalise us. Here are some ideas for making the most of this wonderful new season:
Take 5 minutes each day to be in nature. Listen to the sounds of wildlife, enjoy the birdsong, breathe in fresh air, and embrace the scents of your surroundings. Taking notice of nature can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress, and even boost self-esteem. Mind have some detailed ideas and guidance about the connection between nature and mental health.
Look for extra opportunities to be outside and enjoy more opportunities to exercise, this also supports overall mental and physical health. RNIB has some great exercise ideas.
Explore some different cooking routines, a new season is a great chance to try some new recipes and introduce different foods into our diets. Check out RNIB volunteer Kim Jaye’s cooking channel on YouTube for some inspiration.
As we move into this new season, let's embrace these opportunities for wellbeing and selfcare.
Remember support is always available to our volunteers, the Employee and Volunteer Assistance Programme (EVAP) Helpline is a free, confidential service, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all RNIB employees and volunteers, their immediate family members (living in the same household) and dependent children.
It provides unlimited access to support, information, professional guidance and, where appropriate, short term counselling on any issue which may be causing concern.
You can call the EVAP helpline any time, day or night on 0800 030 5182 or +44 161 836 9498 from outside the UK.
Alternatively, you can access support online at healthassuredeap.co.uk.