According to a recent study conducted in Australia, spending 30 minutes/week in nature reduces the risk of both depression and heart disease. Get yourself to the park!
Inspired by the beautiful weather we’ve had in Toronto this weekend, we are revisiting the idea of nature’s impact on mental health.
There is ample research evidence that highlights the benefits of nature to our mental health. With all the positive benefits of nature, why do we sit in offices all day long? Set a goal for yourself to bring a healthy dose of nature into your workday. Maybe bring a plant to your desk, have a walking meeting outside instead of in the boardroom, or plan a weekend get-away to spend time in nature.
When you have the flu, do you stay at work? Although the answer for some may be yes (thank you to you, colleague, who came to work to pass on the flu to everyone else), the real answer should be no. If you are not feeling physically healthy, you take a "sick" day. Your mental health should be no different. Feeling mentally or emotional unwell is a legitimate reason to take a day off work to recharge your batteries and engage in some self-care.
Taking a deep breath of fresh air. Going for a walk in the park. Watering the flowers in our garden. What Many of us are not strangers to the fact that nature is good for us. However, the notion of the therapeutic use of nature, also known as “ecotherapy” seems to finally be starting to gain some popularity and acceptance. An article in The Atlantic shed some light on what exactly ecotherapy is.
As the weather starts to cool off and fall seems just around the corner (I know, I'm not ready either), I reflect on what I love about summer. The nice weather, being outside and greenery always come to mind as some of the highlights of the season. This article recently published by The New York Times summarize a study done at Stanford University exploring the benefits of nature on our brain functioning and mental health.