7 easy ways to boost wellbeing this summer

a summer picture of people relaxing by a pond

  1. Take in a live performance, a festival or visit a gallery. Each year between 1994 and 2005, Canadians spent less and less time engaged in arts and culture activities – on average one hour less each month. Reclaim your entertainment time. CIW Indicator: Average percentage of time spent on the previous day in arts and culture activities
  2. Sleep in! Only 1 in 3 Canadians are getting enough sleep. This impacts your physical and mental health, your ability to focus at work, school and even while driving, and your ability to participate fully in the things you love. In 1994, 44% of Canadians were getting between 7 and 9 hours of quality sleep; that dropped to 36% by 2014. Sweet dreams, you deserve it. CIW Indicator: Percentage of Canadians who report 7 to 9 hours of good quality essential sleep
  3. Visit a national park or historic site. Canadians have embraced free admission to national parks and historic sites in 2017. These natural and physical monuments to our heritage help us understand our history and who we are as a people, yet attendance had declined by 30% between 2000 and 2010. Fortunately, increased marketing and investments in the parks is reversing the trend. Join the thousands of Canadians who are re-discovering these Canadian treasures. CIW Indicator: Average visitation per site to all National Parks and National Historic Sites
  4. Volunteer for culture and recreation organizations. Whether you coach a team, direct a play or volunteer just a few hours at an event, volunteering develops your personal skills and networks and contributes so much to your communities. Still, time spent volunteering in culture and recreation dropped by almost 30% between 1998 and 2013. Find something you love to do – a sport, a festival, a fun run - and sign up. Try volunteering with friends and family so you can boost your social time too. CIW Indicator: Average number of hours volunteering for culture and/or recreation organizations
  5. Reclaim your vacation! Go ahead, stay one more night. Canadians used to spend between 4.3-4.6 nights away on each vacation trip, but after the 2008 recession, those get-aways dropped by one third. A change of scenery is important to be refreshed and refueled. Go ahead… stay away a little longer. CIW Indicator: Average number of nights away on vacation trips to destinations at least 80km from home
  6. Walk, bike, garden, dance… just do what moves you.  Canadians are on the move. It’s important to our physical and mental health, to our sense of belonging, to our ongoing mobility and to our community participation. In 1994, Canadians were engaged in at least 15 minutes of physical activity on average 21 times each month. By 2014, that average had grown to 28 times per month – an increase of 31%. To boost your wellbeing even more, get moving with a friend or family member or spend time in nature. CIW Indicator: Average monthly frequency of participation in physical activity lasting over 15 minutes
  7. Call a friend! In 1998, Canadians spent 45 minutes more each day socializing. Reclaim your important connections with others. It helps relieve stress and builds more resilient communities. CIW Indicator: Average percentage of time spent on the previous day in social leisure activities
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