As a child growing up, I was very fortunate to have a parent who worked in the Mental Health field. My Mom, retired now, worked as a mental health practitioner in many communities in Nova Scotia. Growing up, she instilled the importance of understanding that anyone can suffer from mental health issues and the importance of removing that stigma of mental illness so everyone can feel confident in seeking support when needed.
She always encouraged the idea that a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body and it something that I strive to pass on to my children.
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Understanding and providing support for Mental Health is a very important issue for every Canadian. 1 in every 5 Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime.
This is where my connection with nature becomes an important mental balance for me. As I grew older, I discovered that when I was in these natural spaces I found a stillness that I could not find in my everyday grind.
That connected feeling does not always have to be in that perfect nature moment, it can be anytime when I am outdoors; hiking the trails, setting up my campsite, riding my mountain bike, scuba diving, fly fishing, etc. That connected feeling can even be found during a short walk in the woods after work.
So the next time you find yourself on the trail or even just taking the dog for walk; stop and take the time to “really” look at that sunset; feel the warmth on your face, take a few deep breaths and try to clear your mind for just 15 seconds. You may find that 15 seconds of seeking a restful mind and mindfulness may give you that recharged feeling you are seeking.
Be kind. Be Understanding. Be Courageous.
Cheers and keep making photos.