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Self-Guided Activities and Resources

Increase your appreciation of our natural resources in Northeast Ohio with these resources for the Conservancy’s Nature Rx program.

Discover how being in nature can impact your physical and mental well-being by trying some of the activities listed below. Our team of experts has pulled together videos and resources to help get you started! 

Self-Guided Activities

  • Take a mindfulness walk: Explore local trails, parks, and neighborhood greenspaces, each offering a unique opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When walking or sitting in nature, try to focus on what your senses are detecting. If your thoughts drift back to stressful events, try focusing on your breath.


  • Spend time observing birds outside, using mindful birding techniques: Observe birds in a local park, outside your window, or on your favorite trail. Do your best to take it slow and stay in the moment. Focus on your senses: what do you see, hear, and smell? Learn more by visiting the Mindful Birding Network’s website.

  • Design an indoor naturescape: Create a peaceful indoor environment by adding plants, a terrarium, and a diffuser with natural essential oils to your favorite relaxation spot at home. Enhance the ambiance with calming music (such as Dan Gibson’s Solitudes), a small library, and your favorite tea. Check out these simple instructions from Dr. Blanda

  • Participate in our daily nature challenge: Immerse yourself in nature for 18 minutes each day to fully experience the wide-ranging benefits for your health and well-being. Whether you’re taking a leisurely stroll through a local park, embarking on a rejuvenating hike in the woods, or simply enjoying the sunlight in your backyard, studies have shown that prioritizing 120 minutes of outdoor time each week can enhance your physical and mental health.

  • Practice yoga outdoors: Practicing yoga outdoors provides an opportunity to connect with nature while contributing to your overall physical health. The fresh air and natural surroundings, coupled with meditation and exercise, can enhance mindfulness, promote emotional well-being, and improve physical health.

  • Take a few moments to simply watch the clouds: Cloud watching has been linked to stress reduction, relaxation, and improved mood. Simply looking out your window and watching the clouds can encourage mindfulness and promote a connection with nature. By stepping outside and observing the clouds, you an also enjoy the many health benefits of vitamin D.

Tag Us on Social Media

Share your favorite Nature Rx moments on social media! Tag us at @forcvnp and use the hashtag #NatureRx so we can inspire others to join in!

Provider Resources

Healthcare professionals serve as the cornerstone of this program by helping connect patients to the health benefits of nature. Research demonstrates that connecting with nature can improve physical health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life, making it a vital component of comprehensive healthcare strategies. Through participating in the Nature Rx program, providers empower patients to access the profound health benefits of spending time in nature.

Reach out to Kimberly LoVano at klovano@forcvnp.org directly to discuss how Nature Rx can enhance patient care in your practice.

Additional Resources

Interested in learning more about the health benefits of nature? Explore the resources below for a comprehensive look at how nature can have profound effects on your health and well-being!


 

Relevant Research and Articles


Inclusion

We recognize that everyone’s experience with nature is different, and oftentimes it is based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, disability, and ethnicity. We hope that the Nature Rx program will allow you to experience nature in a way that resonates with you. We also want to lift up a handful of groups who provide safe space and community for those seeking time in nature:

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Reach Out

To find out more about the Nature Rx program, reach out to the Conservancy today.

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