During this holiday weekend, we challenge you to have a restorative and peaceful weekend with friends and family. We have created a “bucket list” of activities you can do locally to ensure you are spending quality time with loved ones, but also taking time for your own mental wellness.
Walks & Hikes
Spending time outside in nature has numerous positive effects on our mental and physical well-being. According to the National Park Service, cortisol levels lower by 15% when exercising in a green space for as little as 5 minutes (NPS, 2019). Taking a walk, having a picnic in a park, throwing a frisbee with a friend, reading under a tree, or yoga in the park can reduce stress levels, improve anxiety and depression symptoms, improve cognition, reduce social withdrawal, improve low self-esteem, strengthen your immune system, reduce obesity, and decrease insomnia.
Support Local Farmers and Establishments
Nutrition can also impact our mental health. A well-balanced diet can help us think more clearly and feel more alert. It can also improve our concentration and attention span. On the other hand, an inadequate diet can lead to fatigue, impaired decision-making, and can slow down reaction time. A poor diet has also been associated with an increase in stress, anxiety and/or depression.
Fun with Kids
Spending quality time with family can strengthen bonds, reduce stress, and improve mental health. It can also improve relationship dynamics and positively impact your child(ren) by providing them with a sense of security. A strong familial connection and good communication among members can bring a family closer together.
Let us know how many boxes you checked on our bucket list and how it impacted your mental health!