Nature is essential to our emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. What can we do to ensure that we reap the benefits?
Shift Collab is excited to announce our newest philanthropic initiative in partnership with Trees for Life called Root to Rise. For the month of May, we will plant a seedling for every therapy session. This means that every session will result in a direct positive impact on our environment.
Trees for Life is a national charity committed to mobilizing, empowering, and inspiring tree-planting initiatives across Canada. Every tree we plant today will have an impact on the health of our environment, including cleaning our air and water, creating habitats, and cooling our climate for generations to come. Green spaces not only protect our environment, but they also lift our spirits. Particularly during challenging times, we could all use a little more nature.
During this time, we want to highlight the benefits of green spaces to our mental well-being.
Spending time in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health, and emotional well-being. It is associated with lower incidences of poor mental health and decreases depression and anxiety levels. Unfortunately, modern living makes it so that we have to make a conscious effort to be in nature.
Here are some ways that you can encourage spending more time in green spaces:
Being in nature is one of the easiest ways to improve your mental health. We encourage you to make a conscious effort to spend more time in nature so that you can take advantage of the many benefits.
Here at Shift, we encourage our community to take part in Root to Rise. If you haven't started your therapy journey yet, now would be the perfect time. You can start by completing our matching questionnaire. If you are already seeing one of our therapists, book a time with them in May to join this movement!
Update: As of May 31, 2022 we’re planting 1788 seedlings!
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