Baby it's Green Outside!

 

As the summer finally graces us with its presence, sunlight pours down on my city, replacing the salt-stained cement with an amazing range of rich colour.

 
As the summer finally graces us with its presence, sunlight pours down on my city, replacing the salt-stained cement with an amazing range of rich colour. Fountains fill, pools open, rays reach far and spread life from borough to borough, bestowing a beautiful view, an inspiration to get out and enjoy every last beam of this life-giving glow, and the therapy that this greener time can provide. Green therapy is gaining the attention of researchers, nature enthusiasts and people in search of alleviating the many symptoms of greyer times.

I’ve long associated exchanging my surroundings for nature with being mindful and meditative, along with endless other mental health benefits of outdoor immersion: establishing a deeper connection with the natural world, nurturing the ability to trust my community, developing a healthier approach to the issue of control, taking responsibility for my actions, and increasing feelings of self-esteem, joy and pleasure, many of which get overlooked in the bustle of city life.

Montreal has always kept me busy, however when things settle down and thoughts of relaxation come to mind, I reminisce about days of treetops, mountains and water around every bend, forgetting the grey and immersing myself in the green, and keeping things much simpler than in my day-to-day habitat. There certainly is still no clear answer as to where happiness lies, but perhaps it’s all about finding a balance between nature walks, social community and just enough green to boost your well-being.

For me, summer has been and always will be a time to regenerate and recharge, breathe in the fresh air and dip in the water, be one with the elements and enjoy this life I have been given.
 
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