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.
Get back to Nature
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.
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
“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
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.
Alo Moves: Yoga, Meditation, Dance and Fitness App (computer and mobile)
Alo Gives: Yoga and Meditation App for Kids, Parents
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
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.