Transcript: Episode 4
- Steph (She/Her)
- Hannah (She/Her)
“Scientists have found that nature is associated with positive mood.” In today’s episode, join Steph and Hannah as they discuss the benefits of nature with special guests Olivia Mays (she/her/hers) and Meg Smolinski (she/her/hers). Whether you are looking for a break from studies, a way to recharge after intense activism, or a way to ground yourself when the news gets overwhelming, connecting with nature can have helpful benefits for your mental health and overall wellbeing. Recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, Steph and Hannah also specifically discuss what connecting with nature could look like at this unprecedented time.
Nature can be one of many tools that someone uses to support resilience and overall wellness. However, we recognize that nature is not always accessible to all people in the same ways. Sometimes this may be due to inequitable investment and access to natural and green space in some communities, or due to valid safety concerns of being outside, as well as structural barriers that may limit physical accessibility in some outdoor spaces.Therefore, we’d like to remind folks that simply facing or opening a window, or watching/listening to nature videos on your phone can have similar benefits.
Here are Some Resources to Check Out!
Check out the UMD Arboretum’s website (https://arboretum.umd.edu), Facebook, or Instagram (@umdabg)