During this unique time in our society, Project EverGreen encourages you to visit your local park or simply take a walk around the block. Breathe in the clean air generated by grass, trees and plants. It’s that simple.

Visiting a park or trail near you or simply grabbing the dog’s leash – if you have a loyal companion – and taking a stroll through the neighborhood. It will do wonders for your state of mind and how you feel.

These are unprecedented and uncertain times we find ourselves in.

First it was closing schools, then bars and restaurants, then barber shops and gyms. It’s a most perplexing, unnatural, bewildering experience for Americans who are used to running their own lives and coming and going as they please.

We’ve had no experience or practice at this. Many of us don’t know how not to go out to eat, spend time with groups of friends, go to the beach during spring break or run to the mall. There is no playbook to go by.

The chaos, the fear, the unknown, the constantly changing scenario can lead to anxiety, loneliness, isolation and depression.

With all this thrust upon us, remember to take advantage of a resource that requires only the investment of your time and costs nothing. It’s also something people can’t hoard from a store shelf.

What is this resource? It’s your local park or neighborhood walking trail. During this unique time in our society, Project EverGreen encourages you to visit your local park or simply take a walk around the block. Breathe in the clean air generated by grass, trees and plants. It’s that simple.

There’s no reason not to get outside. In fact, medical experts are encouraging that you get outside if you follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and gathering in groups fewer than 10.

Getting outside is good for your health – both mental and physical. Maintaining physical fitness during times of shelter in place orders, self-quarantines, working from home and having the kids around can allow us to fall into the trap of planting on the couch in front of the television and not being active. Don’t fall into that trap.

Visiting a park or trail near you or simply grabbing the dog’s leash – if you have a loyal companion – and taking a stroll through the neighborhood. It will do wonders for your state of mind and how you feel.

Here are Project EverGreen Five Reasons to Get Outside During The Era of Self Isolation

  1. Walk or run to your local park and visit with neighbors in a safe manner. Your park provides calmness amid the uncertainty, and helps you know you’re not in this alone.
  2. Sitting underneath your favorite tree provides the perfect quiet place to reflect on your family, health and wellness and the value of time.
  3. Listen for the laughter from the kids playing in your neighborhood park; it will instantly bring a smile to your face.
  4. Outdoor green spaces provide the perfect break for people working from home and result in enhanced afternoon productivity.
  5. Maintained parks provide healthy and safe play areas for kids to unwind in after completing online or in-home classes or schoolwork.

Project EverGreen says stay safe. Be well. Be kind. Help one another.

We’ll see you outside for a breath of much deserved (and needed ) fresh air.

For more information on how to promote a greener, healthier, cooler Earth through green spaces visit Project EverGreen.