Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, World Mental Health Day is an annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy. The organisation aims to change our understanding of mental health problems and improve the future outlook for the nation’s mental well-being. It is a subject that we at The Garden Escape take great interest in, regularly promoting the benefits of being outside and exposed to natural light.
We have been blessed with a gloriously warm and sunny September, but autumn is stealthily asserting itself. Leaves are starting to turn and fall, nights are drawing in and mornings growing ever chillier, so it’s time to dust down your rakes, carry on harvesting and gird your garden’s loins in readiness for the first frosts. Here are 10 things that you should be doing this month to prepare your garden for its big winter sleep.
Autumn is a magical time of year: the sounds, the smells and the sights of fruit laden hedgerows and trees. All set against the backdrop of leaves on the turn as the sunlight hours wane. The evenings drawing in, the chill in the mist laden morning air and the wildlife busily battening down the hatches in readiness for the long winter months to come. Yet lurking in the lengthening shadows is the ever present threat of stormy weather, to rip the leaves from the trees and even trees from the ground.As happened to a client recently, who had the mis...
The Working Families organisation is committed to supporting real life changes to help people better balance their work and family responsibilities, to which end they have been promoting National Work Life Week, in September, each year since 2010. The central aim of the organisation is to encourage a healthy society in which families are able to devote plenty of attention to both their work and home lives: working to live, not living to work.
In our modern, busy lives, how we can ensure that we get the very best out of our relationship with aging family members? For, as the wise old bird Eleanor Roosevelt once commented: “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”
As lifespans rise and people increasingly choose to bear children later in life, a new demographic phenomena has emerged. Baby boomers have become the “sandwich generation”, caring for both children and aging parents. For many, the dual burden can be overwhelming emotionally, logistically and financially. And the...