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Resilience can be summed up as one’s ability to bounce back or recover from setbacks. The last two years of the COVID-19 pandemic may have gone by slowly or quickly for some, but the bottom line is that we have all experienced unexpected changes which have impacted our lives, and hopefully we are better and stronger because of it. 

Over the past two years, many Ontarians have experienced loss – the loss of family members and friends, jobs, businesses, relationships, milestone events, life experiences, and even the freedom to travel and move as freely as they wish. 

As we look forward to Ontario, Canada, and the world recovering from the effects of the pandemic, we can rest assured that nature will continue to play an important role in helping Ontarians bounce back and move forward into our new normal, whether that’s moving from the city to the country, returning to the office or going fully remote, changing careers, new living situations, travelling or navigating face-to-face relationships once again. 

The 2022 Healthy Hikes May social media campaign will focus on the mental health benefits of nature as we bounce back into the new normal of COVID-19 pandemic recovery. The first five infographics will share the diverse ways in which nature can bring about positive feelings and impact one’s mental health and well-being during times of uncertainty. Follow our campaign on social and Like and Share our posts! The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week is observed during the first week of May and this year’s theme is, This is Empathy.

More time in green and blue spaces may be the boost your well-being needs

The largest study on natural spaces and wellness suggests that living in areas without enough access to nature can contribute to premature death. Whether it’s to get nourishment, physical activity, or serenity, being in nature can make us happier. 

Nature sounds are good for health and well-being

Researchers looked at 18 studies investigating the health benefits of natural sound and found water sounds, such as a gurgling brook or a steady waterfall, tended to be the most effective at improving positive affect, while bird sounds were best for lowering stress.

Forest Therapy Walk Program

Forest Therapy is a mindful, healing, and connective practice inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku which translates into forest bathing. Spending time in nature not only strengthens human immune response and reduces stress, but also makes us more creative, mindful, and content in our lives.

Take 15 minutes just for you

A self-care task should not be big or complicated – in fact, when energy and resolve are low, it’s important to make it as simple as possible. This is what the Canadian Mental Health Association is offering here – simple 15-minute ideas to help you feel better.

  • Take 15 minutes to help with burnout
  • Take 15 minutes for your mental health
  • Take 15 minutes for your emotional health

Download Ontario's Conservation Areas Guide

Spending time in nature is linked to improvements in mood, mental health, and emotional well-being. Ontario's 300+ Conservation Areas are just waiting to be explored. Plan your trip!