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April 2023 Toolkit: A roundup of resources around the web to boost mental health outdoors

By April 1, 2023May 23rd, 2023No Comments

There are many mental wellness benefits associated with being outside in green spaces,such as lower risk of depression and faster psychological stress recovery. Studies have shown that being in nature can restore and strengthen our mental capacities, increasing focus and attention.

Try gardening. Nearly all forms of exercise can reduce stress including gardening. It’s been shown to lighten mood and lower levels of stress and anxiety. Routines provide structure to our day and are linked to improved mental health. Gardening routines, like watering and weeding, can create a soothing rhythm to ease stress.

While the physical boosts of swimming are widely documented, the mental health benefits of getting into the water are less well-known, yet equally as impactful.

Hiking can also boost your mental health. Research continually shows that spending time outdoors, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, contributes to a healthy mind.

Pack a picnic. Picnicking serves as a therapeutic tool by cultivating positive social experiences, providing light therapy, which can be effective in treatment of certain types of depression, and encourages reflection.

If you feel you need to talk to someone, call our support line at 844-YOU-OKAY. A trained counselor is waiting for your call. The call is free and confidential.

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Tampa Bay Thrives is an innovative nonprofit helping people in the Tampa Bay area better address mental health and substance use issues.

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