It is true we are calmer, and much more relaxed after spending some time in nature. How can one measure the benefits of improved mental health. During these uncertain times, it is easy to feel stressed and feel anxiety, irritable, and have related ailments like indigestion, insomnia, headaches. There are layoffs, insecurities about health and wellness, finances, education, new changes to lifestyle.
Anxious thoughts give rise to panic attacks where our innate natural instinct is “fight of flight.” Because our body is taking action to react to the emergency by fleeing or fighting for it’s survival, our rational thinking mind suppresses our instinct to live in a civilized society.
An amazing relief can be found be indulging in “flight.” Just taking off for a walk, bicycle ride or jog in nature will help your body acknowledge that the its survival instinct is no longer needed, and that it is safe, and you can relax now.
Of course, one must appease the thinking mind as well as the body. If the conventions are followed for COVID-10 when out in nature, and 6 feet (2 meters) are maintained for social distancing, both mind and body can relax so that worries, and stress are alleviated.
Focusing on nature brings about a change, and for panic attacks, a change is as good as a rest.
As you wander about watching spring change into summer, be happy. Listen to the meadowlark singing. Laugh at the red squirrels chattering away. From a distance, smile and wave at the next walker passing by.
Take care of yourself today. Watch as the elm trees burst into flower, and it is truly a good day. Though everyone must social isolate to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, remember you are not alone.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
For more information:
P4G Saskatoon North Partnership for Growth The P4G consists of the Cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville, the Town of Osler and the Rural Municipality of Corman Park; planning for areas around the afforestation area and West Swale outside of Saskatoon city limits
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city. 52° 06′ 106° 45′
Part SE 23-36-6 – Afforestation Area – 241 Township Road 362-A
Part SE 23-36-6 – SW Off-Leash Recreation Area (Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area ) – 355 Township Road 362-A
S ½ 22-36-6 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area (West of SW OLRA) – 467 Township Road 362-A
NE 21-36-6 “George Genereux” Afforestation Area – 133 Range Road 3063
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Where is the George Genereux Urban Regional Park (Afforestation Area)? with map
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)
Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.
– Robert Tew
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.”