Press launch from the Connecticut Division of Power and Environmental Safety:
August 2 2020
Southbury, CT – The Connecticut Departments of Psychological Well being and Dependancy Companies (DMHAS) and Power and Environmental Safety (DEEP), in collaboration with local-nonprofit Toivo, are excited to announce a collection of aware outside experiences in native and state parks. DMHAS Commissioner Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon and DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes will take part within the first digital wellness occasion at Kettletown State Park in Southbury on Monday August 10th, 2020 at 10am.
The occasion, which will likely be dwell streamed on Fb, is a part of an effort to advertise the psychological well being advantages of the outside and nature. This would be the first of a collection of live-streamed aware outside experiences that may happen this summer season at parks all through the state. The interagency collaboration will provide instruments to handle stress and can promote psychological and bodily well being whereas connecting with nature and having fun with the fantastic thing about our state whereas sustaining secure social distancing.
“We’re lucky to dwell in such an attractive state the place nature’s splendor, coupled with stress relieving actions can provide reduction on this difficult time,” stated DMHAS Commissioner Dr. Miriam Delphin-Rittmon. “For a lot of, the serenity of nature can have a optimistic impression on one’s psychological well being, together with selling positivity and lowering ranges of tension and stress.”
Spending time in nature can have a profoundly optimistic and salutary impression on psychological well being. Being with nature can activate the physique’s pure capability to heal, performing as a treatment for stress, relieving emotions of despair and nervousness, boosting happiness and bettering temper all whereas creating a way of optimistic well being and wellbeing.
“For the reason that starting of this pandemic, our State parks and forests have seen a major improve in utilization, in some instances greater than doubling the variety of customers we sometimes see,” stated DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes. “Whether or not you are fishing, birdwatching, visiting a park, taking a stroll in your neighborhood, sitting in your yard, or connecting to nature by on-line applications, connecting to nature is a strong solution to relieve stress and nervousness throughout this difficult time. We hope this collection can spotlight all the advantages nature has to supply.”
The live-streamed occasions will function workers from Toivo, a Hartford-based well being and wellness middle, and will likely be funded by the Division of Psychological Well being and Addictions Companies. Toivo gives a variety of wellness courses together with yoga, Qigong, and sound therapeutic. Folks can take part within the livestream by DEEP’s Fb Web page.
On this collection, facilitators will information folks by quite a lot of mind-body wellness practices at totally different parks throughout Connecticut. The objective of this collection will likely be to empower folks to expertise their native inexperienced areas extra mindfully, improve their reference to the pure world, and in flip enhance their total sense of well being and happiness. No earlier expertise is critical, courses and parks are accessible for all. To obtain updates on class occasions and places you possibly can observe the marketing campaign on DEEP’s Fb web page and DEEP’s Twitter at @CTDEEPNews and by following the #natureheals hashtag.
There are 142 State Parks and Forests positioned all through the state, with residents by no means greater than 15 minutes from one. All residents with Connecticut license plates on their automobiles can enter all Connecticut State Parks and Forest with out paying a price to benefit from the state’s pure sources as a part of the Passport to the Parks Program. For an inventory of Connecticut State Parks and Forests, go to www.ct.gov/deep/parks.
This press launch was produced by the Connecticut Division of Power and Environmental Safety. The views expressed listed below are the creator’s personal.