Q. Why should I spend time in nature?
Recent science shows what most of us know intuitively: nature is good for our health and well-being. Time spent outside in a natural setting, like a park, wetland or forest, can reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and stress. Outdoor exercise also boosts immunity, energy, and concentration, and reduces anger, depression, and obesity. For more info, check out this cool infographic.
Q. Where can I find nature nearby?
Nature isn't a destination; it surrounds us. You don't have to travel to a remote wilderness. Even in our crowded cities, green space is as close as your neighbourhood park or backyard. Community gardens, trails, ravines, and beaches are often a short diversion from your daily routine. The birds and bees (and other critters) are usually nearby; you just have to take time to look and listen.
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Q. How can I incorporate nature into my daily life?
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Join us at Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on Sept 23 and 30, Oct 7 and 14 at 1 pm for a walk at a nearby park
- Use your lunch break to get out of the office and visit a balcony garden, beach, or green space
- Grab you gloves and spend time in a community or personal garden
- Find a leafy tree to read a book under (we recommend Your Brain on Nature)
- Sit back and listen to the birds (binoculars optional)
- Find some local trails and go for a walk, run, or bike ride
- Get a local tree, plant, or wildlife guidebook and identify nature in your neighbourhood
- Take a stroll each evening on a park trail or beach
- Ditch the indoor gym and go for a run or walk at a park or beach instead
Q. What if I can't do 30 minutes a day?
This challenge is 30 minutes a day for 30 days. Can't find 30 minutes a day? Try to find the nearest green space and visit for as long as you can at least once a day. Be sure to breathe deeply, feel the sun, wind, or rain on your face and take comfort; absorb the wonders of nature bit by bit.
Q. What if the weather doesn't cooperate?
There's much to experience outdoors in autumn — rain or shine: Trees turning glorious colours, migrating birds, mammals storing up for hibernation. Dress appropriately and carry an umbrella. If you can't get outside, turn off all your electronics (TV, radio, computer), open a window and feel the breeze or listen to the rain—it's a calming way to connect with nature.
Join us for a walk at the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara at 1 pm on Sept 23, 30, and Oct 7 and Oct 14 for a chance to win a gift basket.
Q. How was this campaign different from the 30X30 Challenge?
The 30X30 challenge was a national campaign. While we encouraged people across the country to participate in the Punjabi by Nature challenge, part of it took place in Surrey, B.C. And we encourage everyone (no matter where you live) to get out in nature all year long!