Pursuing 

Well-Being

"Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit
- the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe
has an effect on our state of well-being" (Greg Anderson)
 

About

I am creating this site to share some of the tools

in my journey to becoming more more connected to myself and our planet, and to connect with other for ideas and inspiration.

 

Andreea B

A little about me >

Get back to Nature 

Why?

We live in a time where climate change and mental health have increasingly become reasons for concern in our society. 

Researchers believe that feeling a connection with nature is not only good for us, but also for our environment, claiming that disconnection from our natural world may be a contributing factor to our planet's destruction.  

(The Nature Relatedness Scale: Linking Individuals' Connection With Nature to Environmental Concern and Behavior, 2008

Green Exercise is activity in the presence of nature. Research further supports that "green exercise" leads to short and long term positive health outcomes, such as improving self-esteem and mood. The presence of water generated larger effects. Those suffering from mental health illness have seen some of the greatest improvements. (Environ. Sci. Technol.2010). 

Green spaces are also linked to promoting prosocial behaviour

(Environ Health Perspect. 2014 Dec)

                 

                      

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                Mental Health and Nature

              Restore your Brain with Nature

Camping in Nature 

Daytime or overnight camping will get you immersed in nature and can lift up your spirit by bringing joy and serenity in your heart and mind. 

 Conservation Efforts 

Plating trees and native plants is a wonderful way to help both yourself and the environment. 

Check out: TREE PLANTING  in Toronto and PollinateTO .

Lost Soles Outdoors

Get your feet moving!

Find a patch of green in your community and surround yourself with nature! 

Check out this guide to

Forest Bathing in Ontario

Focus Alone 

Relax and take in your surroundings. Find a place to sit alone in nature. Try to communicate with the natural world.  Connect - you belong here! 

 

Connect with your Body 

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Yoga

Growing evidence supports yoga practice as a tool to calm and centre the nervous system, and improve overall health. For more, click here.   

 

Tip: One of my favourite apps to use at home is Alo Moves (not sponsored). 

Connect with your Mind

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Meditation

Like Yoga, Meditation is a mind body practice that helps reduce stress and soothes the nervous system imbalances, helping to improve overall wellbeing. 

Tip: here is a quick guide to help you get started! 

Movement as Self-Expression 

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Dance

"Dancing is a way of dealing with feelings and releasing them, instead of locking them in and going to the doctor with depression and anxiety" - Sarah Cook (dance researcher)

More about Dance and Mental Health, and Dance Therapy. 

Two of my favourite places in Toronto:

City Dance Corps, Steps Dance Studio (all levels welcome) 

Mindful Movement

“An important part of mindfulness is  reconnecting with our bodies and the  sensations they experience"

 

       - Mark Williams 

 

 

Channel Your Creativity 

 

"Have no fear of perfection, you'll     never reach it." 

  

         - Salvador Dali

DIY. It's in Your Hands

Maybe it's painting, pottery, sculpting, building furniture, making jewellery, baking, calligraphy or maybe it's sewing?

Find what brings you joy! 

 

You may also learn to fix a few things, and to reuse and repurpose in your process of creation. 

(bonus: less going into the landfill).

It will help you, and the Planet.

 

Use photography to see the world from different angles and to document

why it's worth protecting.

 

Put LOVE into what you do.   

Just"Be" in your Music

Music is for everyone! Singing as a means of self-expression helps promote well-being.

(Does Singing Promote Well-Being?, 2002). 

Music is a powerful therapeutic tool, to promote wellness, manage stress, express feelings to name a few.

Click here for more! 

Allow yourself to exist in your music, without judgement. You don't have to worry about "being good" or pleasing others, you have to dive into it and just be.

*So pour your heart out next time you go for karaoke or sing in the shower!*  

Room to "Breathe" in Text 

Whether it is reading books, writing lyrics, journaling or blogs, text can be a delightful avenue for your mind and heart to set free. 

Children who are the most engaged with reading and writing in their free time have significantly better mental wellbeing than their peers. (National Literacy Trust, 2018)

Research also claims that reading can help reduce stress: "This is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness."

(Dr. Lewis, University of Sussex)  

 

References: 

Amoly, E., Dadvand, P., Forns, J., López-Vicente, M., Basagaña, X., Julvez, J., … Sunyer, J. (2014). Green and blue spaces and behavioral development in Barcelona schoolchildren: the BREATHE project. Environmental health perspectives, 122(12), 1351–1358. doi:10.1289/ehp.1408215

Barton, J., Pretty, J. (2010). What is the Best Dose of Nature and Green Exercise for Improving Mental Health? A Multi-Study AnalysisEnvironmental Science & Technology, 44 (10), 3947-3955

Nisbet, E. K., Zelenski, J. M., & Murphy, S. A. (2009). The Nature Relatedness Scale: Linking Individuals’ Connection With Nature to Environmental Concern and Behavior. Environment and Behavior, 41(5), 715–740. https://doi.org/10.1177/0013916508318748

 

 

Resources: 

Alo Moves: Yoga, Meditation, Dance and Fitness App                    (computer and mobile)

Alo Gives: Yoga and Meditation App for Kids, Parents

              and Teachers

Calm: Meditation App 

City Dance Corps: all levels dance lessons and dance                             inspired fitness classes in Toronto 

Steps Dance Studio: all level latin dance classes in Toronto

Learn to Dance with Three Easy Steps

The Make Den: all level sewing lessons in Toronto

These are just a small list of some my most loved resources. It is not a one size fits all, and we should all try to find what resonates with us. Your environment, your community, as well as the internet offer a plethora of opportunities to help anyone looking to start focusing on their wellbeing.

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