Green Therapy

Being outdoors in nature and green spaces is not only enjoyable, but also therapeutic. It has proven health benefits. Try these tips for ways to connect with the Earth and our environment.

  • Community gardens improve access to healthy food, community development & mental health. Find one in your city! 

  • Being in a green space can decrease anxiety. Seek out green spaces near you & make a habit of spending time there. 

  • Move some of your typical indoor activities outdoors. Being outside in a green space has proven health benefits. 

  • A walk in a green space can give you a break from "attention fatigue". Go outside on your own and leave your phone in your pocket! 

  • A 2008 study found that youth with ADHD did better on tests after a 20 minute walk in a green space. What's your pre-test strategy? 

  • Seek out programs at your local library/community centre to learn about gardening. Handling plants has stress relief benefits! 

  • Add some potted plants to your work space. Being around plants has been shown to improve memory and reduce stress! 

  • We're lucky to have @rfldn , a non-profit org that creates green space in #ldnont. Is there something in your city that does this? 

  • A fun trip to the local Farmers Market with friends to buy local produce is good for the environment & for your mental health. 

  • Take a break from gas guzzling car air conditioning and roll down the windows. Feel the wind in your hair! 

  • Planting trees makes cities more beautiful and healthy. Check out @rfldn and their 1 million tree challenge

  • Next time you walk in your fave green space, grab some gloves and a garbage bag to pick up trash along the way! 

  • Drinking water is good for YOUR health, but plastic water bottles are bad for the earth's health. Get a reuseable bottle! 

  • Take a brisk walk outside during study or work breaks. Even a small dose of sunshine & fresh air can reduce stress. 

  • Exercise outside! Free, green, healthy and always interesting. Find a hiking trail near you. 

  • Hit up Etsy or Pinterest to get ideas for how to upcycle old stuff into art and other items. Good for the soul and the earth! 

  • Save $$ and the environment by packing up a picnic lunch in reuseable containers for you and your friends. 

  • Make your own green cleaning products & get to work on a "spring clean". A fresh, decluttered space can feel amazing. 

  • Being outdoors can decrease depression, improve outlook, focus and your immune system. 

  • Take the bus instead of driving. Or ride a bike instead of the bus. It will reduce pollution and make you feel great! 

  • Educate yourself on the realities of climate change to learn how you can play a role in revitalizing the earth. 

  • Get involved. Volunteering for an environmentally focused org will create change that you can be a part of. 

  • A weather-related disaster can be a very traumatic event. Get treatment when it impacts mental health. 

  • Creating a deeper connection to nature can improve mental health, according to some studies. 

  • Meditate outdoors. The sights, sounds and smells help to restore your balance and natural rhythm. 

  • Brief exposure to green outdoor spaces can improve concentration and impulse control in children and adults.

  • Sign petitions to have your voice heard and to affect change. Learn how to get started here. 

  • When people take action to restore the environment, it energizes them and lessens their anxiety. Plant a tree