Wellbeing socials at Pensthorpe
15 Aug 2019
Wellbeing socials at Pensthorpe Natural Park
As Deb Jordan, co-owner of Pensthorpe, is a firm believer of nature and wildlife being a natural healer and a green prescription for coping with depression, stress and anxiety, we felt it only natural to welcome relevant groups here to enjoy the wonders of nature and allow the healing process, whether that be mental healing of physical healing. Here we have invited the Wellbeing Service to write a guest blog so our visitors can find out more and perhaps come along to a future meeting……
“Over the past three months we, the Wellbeing Service – Norfolk and Waveney, have been holding one of our Wellbeing Social Events in the beautiful surroundings at Pensthorpe Natural Park.
Local Area Coordinator, Kelvin Colbourn, runs the group, which meets in the Courtyard Café every month. Although the social meet up is not a therapy session, one of our Peer Support Workers or Wellbeing Ambassadors also attend so that you are able to get some advice. This social is a great way to connect with others. The purpose of the group is to provide a space where anyone can have a reflective conversation with like-minded people.
We often talk about the Five Ways to Wellbeing and how these steps can help alleviate some of the pressures of anxiety, low mood and isolation. Our Wellbeing Social events can help with this:
When you connect to the people around you, be they friends, family, colleagues or neighbours, you build a support network which can enrich your everyday wellbeing. Our coffee social at Pensthorpe provides an opportunity to reach out and connect with new people which helps to expand support networks. You can find that you are not alone with your problems when you talk to other people.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Being mindful of your surroundings, noticing the changing seasons, or the taste of a delicious slice of cake, are all part of taking notice of the world around you and how you experience it. Although the group does not venture into the park itself, the café is also an excellent place to be aware of the nature and wildlife around you. And, of course, there’s cake!
Learning a new skill or trying something you have not tried before can give you confidence, especially if you have been in a place where you have felt low. In the case of this social group, you may not be learning how to cook but there is a chance to learn more about nature. Moreover, do not underestimate the value of learning something about yourself or other people. Our Wellbeing Social Events facilitate the means to learn more about participants’ own wellbeing through talking to other people. It can give you a change of perspective.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
We hope to see you soon!”
Future meeting dates at Pensthorpe:
Tuesday 27th August
Tuesday 17th September
Tuesday 15th October
Tuesday 12th November
Tuesday 10th December
All future dates will run from 10.30am – 12pm