Hello everyone, my name is Sharla, and I am the Executive Coordinator with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada and the Lead Coordinator of the National Defeat Depression Campaign.
I am excited to share that I will be taking part in the London event this year. As part of my commitment to promoting mental health awareness and support, I will be embarking on a unique and personal journey in May, where I will share a new nature photo every day for the entire month as part of my Defeat Depression Challenge.
Nature's Healing Power
Spending time in nature has been scientifically proven to have a significant positive impact on mental health. It is an effective way to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and it helps to clear the mind and promote a sense of calm and well-being. By immersing ourselves in the beauty of our natural surroundings, we can gain a new perspective on life and find solace in the face of our daily struggles.
The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing," is a perfect example of how spending time in nature can improve mental health. This practice involves spending mindful time in a forest or natural environment, allowing our senses to fully engage with the sights, sounds, and smells around us. This immersive experience has been shown to lower stress levels, improve mood, and increase feelings of happiness and well-being.
The Joy of Photography
For me, photography is more than just a hobby; it is a form of personal expression and a way to connect with the world around me. Photography has the power to capture the beauty of nature and preserve it in an image, allowing me to revisit the feelings of peace and tranquility I experience when I am surrounded by nature.
By sharing a new nature photo every day in May, I hope to inspire others to explore the beauty of the world around them, and to find their own sense of peace and happiness in the process. Each photo will serve as a reminder of the incredible healing power of nature and the importance of taking time to appreciate its beauty.
Join Me in the Challenge
As we embark on the Defeat Depression Challenge together, I encourage you to find your own way to connect with nature and experience the benefits firsthand. Whether it is through photography, hiking, gardening, or simply taking a mindful walk in the park, spending time in nature can have a profound impact on our mental health and well-being.
Stay tuned for my daily nature photos throughout May, which can be found here:
Don't hesitate to share your own experiences and photos with us as well. Together, we can help defeat depression and create a more supportive and understanding community for those who are struggling.
Let's embrace the beauty of nature and the joy of photography to improve our mental health.
With love, Sharla