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Earth Day

Happy National Earth Day! Today, we come together to celebrate mama nature and reflect on the importance of preserving and protecting her.


Let's also take a moment to consider the profound impact that nature has on our mental health and overall well-being.


It's easy to feel overwhelmed and separated from the natural world around us, but it's so vital to work on our connection. When we slow down and spend time outside, shifts happen. Numerous studies have shown that spending time outdoors, surrounded by the beauty of nature, can provide positive impacts to our mental health. We can benefit from taking a leisurely stroll through the park, hiking in the mountains, or simply putting our feet in the ground, immersing ourselves in nature to reduce stress and anxiety, promote feelings of peace, and lessen symptoms of depression.


This National Earth Day, let's make a commitment to prioritize our mental health and well-being by spending more time outdoors! Here are a few simple ways you can incorporate nature into your daily routine:


Take a Daily Nature Break: Carve out some time each day to step outside and soak up the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. Even just a few minutes spent in a green space can work wonders for your mood and mental clarity.


Practice Mindful Outdoor Activities: Engage in activities that allow you to fully immerse yourself in nature, such as gardening, birdwatching, or photography. Practice mindfulness by paying attention to the present moment and savoring the beauty around you.


Connect with Water: There's something inherently soothing about being near water, whether it's a tranquil lake, a flowing river, or the rhythmic crashing of ocean waves. Make it a point to seek out water whenever possible and let its calming influence wash over you.


Get Moving: Exercise is good for your physical health AND your mental well-being. Take advantage of the great outdoors by going for a jog, bike ride, or having a yoga session in the park.

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ARTH GROUNDING: Hippy dippy, I know, but it's a thing!! Earthing refers to the practice of connecting directly with the Earth's surface by walking barefoot, sitting, or lying down on the ground. Try it for 20 minutes and do it without an electronic device.


The biggest thing to remember is that we are all interconnected—both with each other and with the natural world. Making time in nature really reconnects us to ourselves. By nurturing our own mental health and wellness, we can cultivate a deeper appreciation for the Earth and all its wonders.


Journal prompts: Reflect on the interconnectedness between yourself and the natural world around you. How does celebrating Earth Day inspire you to cultivate a deeper connection with the Earth? Consider how your daily actions and choices impact the health and well-being of the planet, and brainstorm ways you can contribute to environmental stewardship in your own life.


Happy Earth Day, dear friends! Let's join hands in celebrating and protecting this precious planet we call home.


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