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As simple as it sounds, connecting with nature has been proven to make you feel better. In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares some ideas to help you benefit from being outdoors.

Being in nature, even the small ways (putting a plant in your office or noticing the spring flowers blooming) may help you to feel calmer and more positive. A study by Nicola Schutte and John Malouff found that mindfulness and connectedness in nature were positively associated with psychological well-being. This includes greater happiness and satisfaction with life.

Here are a few ideas to connect with nature and practice mindfulness.

– Take a nature walk. Visit your local park or go on a hike.

– Combine nature with creativity. This could mean taking part in creative activities outside such as dance, music, or art. You could also take photos, write or pictures of plants, the landscape and animals.

– Take up an outdoor hobby such as gardening, kayaking, or birdwatching.

– Journal or meditate in nature. Feel the fresh air and take in the sounds of nature.

Interested in meeting others affected by ovarian cancer, being outdoors and walking together? I invite you to join our monthly MOCA Walking Groups this spring and summer. Our Walking Groups meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10-11am. You can find more information about our upcoming Walking Group on May 8, here.

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