With our journey of wellbeing activities, we’ll show you simple but effective ways to boost your physical and mental health by gardening or spending time connecting with green spaces.
Spread over a month, we’re offering a variety of daily activities to make you feel good, whatever your age, state of health or abilities, whether you have a garden, patio, balcony or just a windowsill.
With a mix of practical, passive, creative, gardening, nature, indoor and outdoor activities, we have something for everyone’s wellbeing and health this spring.
Many of the activities can be done in less than 15 minutes and those at the weekend can be given a bit more time.
Don’t worry if you can’t do everything - use the calendar as a guide to fit around the time you have and your lifestyle. You can swap days or repeat activities that you've found enjoyable too.
We recommend you sign up for our emails which will provide more detail on each week's worth of activities until the end of the month, guiding you along the journey of wellbeing and providing information about why gardening is good for you.
You can also find our guides for some of the more detailed activities in the calendar (helping you plan and source any materials you might need), along with many other ideas to connect with gardens and nature.
Each activity on our calendar connects to the five ways to well-being promoted by the NHS:
We look deeper at the restorative power of gardens and nature on our '5 ways to wellbeing using gardens & nature' page.
We hope you enjoy the wellbeing activities!
If you need more urgent support for your mental health and wellbeing, please access the NHS mental health resources or contact your GP.
We know how good gardening is for our health and want more people to find out too - if you think a family member or friend would benefit from the wellbeing calendar, please share this page or one of our social posts with the calendar activities with them.
We'd love to hear if the activities are helping you and which ones make you feel good so please share with us how you're getting on using #SpringForward and tagging Thrive on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.