The Scottish government are encouraging doctors to dispense nature prescriptions.
There’s a brilliant list of outdoorsy suggestions people can undertake and it’s helpful and incredibly specific. It goes like this …
- Stand looking over the Loch of Belmont in Unst and listen to the pre-migratory courtship of calloos (long-tailed ducks) before they move north to their tundra breeding grounds.
- Don’t mow the lawn – and watch the minibeasts move in.
- Create a rock sculpture on a beach.
- Follow a bumblebee.
- Re-wild one of your senses – smell everything in nature.
- Write a worry onto a stone and throw it into the sea.
- Try “charming” a worm from the ground without digging or adding liquids … rhythm is the answer.
- Get out “whatever the weather” and feel the exhilaration of wind and rain on your face.
- Make a bird bath – an upside-down bin lid will do.
- Make a bug hotel
Feel free to add your own ideas – for Australia or other countries – below. The more nature the better when you are feeling non-Peachy, I say. We haven’t all got a Loch on our doorstep, but we might have something else worth sharing? Off you!