Nature is our best medicine. If you are feeling low or stressed, just go for a walk in nature. Always works. But the more that the natural world is destroyed, the worse it is for humans, dogs and wildlife. These books are far more important reading than some policy paper from government. These books are written from the soul: muses on why protecting Nature is the no.1 policy for public health. Newts over new offices!
The Wild Remedy is a hand-illustrated diary on how Emma healed her depression, by moving from the city to the Cambridgeshire Fens, taking daily walks that proved as medicinal as any talking therapy or pharmaceutical. Join Emma as she shares her nature finds of local flora and fauna, over the course of a year.
If you live with animals, see make your garden safe for pets, regarding suggested garden projects.
- Nature Tonic: A Year in My Mindful Life is a beautiful workbook by a Dutch artist, who invites us to a daily dose of ecotherapy, to soothe our souls. Practical prompts entwine with meditative notes on the zen of forest bathing, the simple pleasures of botanical drawing and ways to reconnect our souls with the soil. Watch a fern unroll, sleep in a hammock on a summer evening, or greet the morning sun.
- The Wild Journal is a beautifully illustrated guide by nature writer Willow Crossley. Guiding you through creative practical projects and seasonal reflections, it shows the potential of nature to mend, heal and transform our mood. Listen to birdsong, identify wildflowers, take beach walks and gaze at the stars.
- Losing Eden: Why Our Minds Need The Wild is a beautifully written book for anyone feeling disconnected from the natural world. Many people live indoors (often not through choice), yet nature remains a deep part of our language, culture and consciousness. We know intuitively that we need communion with the wild, to feel well. So what happens as we lose our bond with the natural world. Might we also lose part of ourselves?
- Staying Alive in Toxic Times is a seasonal guide to lifelong health. Dr Jenny sets out exactly what to eat to live a healthy life, and how to adapt our lifestyle, according to the season we are in. She safely deals with diet, vitamins and minerals, offers sensible ways to detox without healthy eating fads, and uses her knowledge to bust myths. She also looks at how to avoid seasonal health hazards like indoor pollution, hay fever and SAD (seasonal affective disorder). Dr Jenny Goodman is a medical doctor who did did post-graduate training in nutritional and environmental medicine that radically transformed her approach to helping patients.