Earth Day Nature Challenge
Want to improve your wellbeing? The answer is just outside your door.
Join the Earth Day Nature Challenge, April 22-29th.
We know that the natural world sustains us physically, but did you know it sustains us emotionally and psychologically, as well? It can even help us be more kind and creative, according to recent studies described by Dr. Jill Suttie.
Other studies have found that participants who took a 15-minute walk outdoors reported an increase in their sense of vitality and energy, while those who walked indoors did not. Those same researchers found that simply being in nature—with or without physical exercise—makes us feel more energetic.
Despite this, many of us spend significant amounts of our day in man-made, artificial environments and our modern urban world seems filled with a sense of urgency.
Nature, on the other hand, marches to the beat of its own, much slower drum. When you consider that humans have been closely bonded to nature for all of our existence, it makes sense that getting into the natural environment can feel a bit like coming home.
Getting outdoors allows us to look up from screens and phones and enjoy the beauty around us. So try and spend some time at least weekly, if not daily and go outside and get some fresh air!
After all, the health of individuals, communities and the environment are inseparable.
For a light-hearted look at the importance of connecting with nature click here to see how Dr James Hamblin gets out of the office and into the forest.
Your Nature Challenge
Workplace Health and Greencare have partnered on a Fraser Health Nature Challenge from April 22 - 29.
- Submit a comment describing your new nature activity, or send a photo of your nature experience, and you’ll be entered to win tickets to the Capilano Suspension Bridge park. Deadline is end of day April 29. Contact Cathryn.Smith@fraserhealth.ca
You don’t need hiking boots, just an open mind.
- Go for a walk on your break. Even a walk at lunch can be filled with blossoms, trees, birds, and insects if we take the time to notice.
- Move your coffee meeting to a walking one, take your conversation on a stroll through a park.
- Take yourself, your friends, or family on a nature date. Check-out: https://www.vancouvertrails.com/communities/
- Grow the movement and build the nature habit. Encourage coworkers to take the next step and participate in the 30x30 nature challenge for the whole month of May.
As Jane Goodall said, "You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."
How will you make a difference this Earth Day and everyday?