Nature is all around us! Whether you live on the grassy country side or in the heart of an urban area nature can be found just about anywhere. Contact with nature can help prevent mental health disorders and spending just 20 minutes outside per day can increase energy levels for an individual. “Green Therapy” is the name given to a variety of treatment programs which aim to improve one’s physical and mental health during various activities in nature. Our August wellness spotlight will showcase the importance of Green Therapy.
Going Green...and we aren't talking about recycling!
Fast Facts on Green Therapy
- Greenspace has been associated with lowering levels of stress, anxiety, and depression
- About 71% of individuals reported feeling less tense after a “green walk” throughout the work day
- Vitamin D is a critical nutrient to how our body maintains a healthy and strong immune system
- When breathing fresh air outside, we are breathing in phytoncides which are meant to help fight off diseases
- Walk around a lake or a park
- Check out the walking paths in Grand Forks
- Eat lunch outside
- Go for a run around your neighborhood
- Hike a trail at a nearby state park
- Turtle River State Park is located only 21 miles from Grand Forks
- Go to the dog park
- Lincoln Dog Park is located downtown Grand Forks
Get a group of friends together and make walking dates
What About Winter?
- Skating, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and skiing are all activities that can be enjoyed in nature during cold months.
- Bring the outdoors inside with plants and sound machines
- Walking inside at a fitness center, mall, or arena is a great way to stay active!