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April 21, 2022 Amelia Wilcox

Connect with Nature to Improve Your Mental Health—Earth Day 2022

Earth Day (Friday, April 22, 2022) is a great opportunity to reflect on the beauty of the planet and the ways we can help take care of it.

Being in nature is one of the best stress management strategies out there. Experiencing nature helps restore the mind, which in turn contributes to improved work performance and higher levels of work satisfaction.

In this article, you’ll learn how being in nature helps our mental wellbeing. Also, you’ll find some activities you can do this Earth Day (or any day) by yourself or with your company to boost mental wellbeing.

How can nature benefit my mental wellbeing?

man sitting and admiring the mountains—nature for employee mental health earth day 2022We are made to be in nature. With millions of Americans working desk jobs indoors, it is even more important to spend time outside!

Being outside has many benefits, including:

  • Improved mood
  • Reduced stress and increased relaxation
  • Increase in physical activity

According to a Harvard study, people that walked in a natural setting instead of an urban one for 90 minutes experienced lower activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain—the area of the brain that is active when we ruminate on negative emotions or repetitive thoughts.

We are constantly being bombarded by information from our devices. Being in nature provides a much-needed break from information overload and screen time.

Being connected to nature can help us connect socially, stay active, and manage stress—all key factors to our mental wellbeing.

The less stressed we are, the more productive we can be. It is so important to take breaks—being in nature is a great break throughout the workday.

Earth Day 2022 Employee Activity Ideas

Here are some things employees can do this Earth Day to take care of their mental wellness and the planet.

  • Take a hike at a national park
  • Take a walk
  • Garden or do yard work
  • Go biking
  • Do a beach cleanup
  • Kayak, swim, or paddleboard
  • Go for a run in your local park
  • Draw or paint something that is in your yard
  • Read a book outside
  • Write outside
  • Have a picnic with friends and/or coworkers
  • Do yoga or meditate outside

At Nivati, our employees love to mountain bike, run, ski, swim, hike, and so much more!

Earth Day 2022 Activity Ideas for Work

Earth Day activities for work are a great way to boost employee morale—and take care of the planet.

Here are some things your company can do together to celebrate Earth Day at work.

  • Volunteer together. Pick up trash at a local park or around your office. You could even volunteer to help maintain a local nature preserve.
  • Reward your customers for going green. Offer to give employees a small bonus if they bring some recyclables to work or bring their own lunch instead of eating out.
  • Raise money or start a fundraiser to support a green cause in your community.
  • Go on a hike together.
  • Encourage employees to work outside for the day.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out some other employee morale ideas.

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Amelia Wilcox

Amelia Wilcox is the Founder and CEO of Nivati, a leader in corporate massage and employee mental health support since 2010. Her high-growth B2B company provides employee stress management tools that arm businesses with actionable data and positive employee experiences to improve wellbeing, boost morale, and increase engagement.

Amelia has exponentially grown her company from a solo living-room service business to an international technology brand.

Awards
Recently listed as a Forty Under 40, Fast 50, Inc 5000 Twice awarded National Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year

Licenses, Certifications & Memberships
Licensed Massage Therapist since 2002
Member of American Massage Therapy Association
Served on Utah Worksite Wellness Council from 2012-2015

Education
Attended Utah College of Massage Therapy
Educated in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Utah

Publications
Massage Magazine (AMTA's publication)  

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