Connecting with nature has a wide range of benefits for physical and mental well-being. Whether it’s strolling through a local park, walking the shoreline or sitting outside during lunch, exposure to nature has been linked to improved attention, lower stress, better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders — even upticks in empathy and cooperation. Even just a few moments of green can perk up a tired brain.
Time in nature is also a reminder that everything is interconnected. If we disconnect from the natural world, we become disconnected from who we are. Understanding that we’re part of nature and acting on that understanding makes us healthier and happier, and encourages us to care for the natural systems around us that support all life.
What we do to nature, we do to ourselves
Want to spend more time outdoors this spring and summer but don’t know where to begin? Looking for new ways to meaningfully spend time in nature? Find inspiration in these tips!
Remember: When enjoying time outdoors, tread lightly and minimize your impact, to help preserve ecosystems, protect wildlife habitats and uphold the balance of nature. Honour your surroundings by packing out what you pack in and follow the principles of “leave no trace.”
Rest and restore by spending time in nature
Humans have always been utterly dependent on nature to survive and thrive. So spending time in nature can bring the ultimate wellness.
Include the kids in your life!
Kids who experience nature’s mystery and beauty will grow up caring about protecting it.
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