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Tu B'Shvat Part I

January 22, 2021

As we get ready for Tu B’shvat in the midst of a pandemic, here are three simple things you can do to make a difference to the environment and your mental health. During this time of COVID, it has become increasingly important for all of us to go outside more often, even in the cold. Also, since we have been spending so much time inside, here's an idea of how we can improve our interior environment.

Getting Out, Part 1: In Riverdale, we have the privilege of being able to enjoy nature, even as we are surrounded by the built environment. Spending time out in nature every day can have positive health and other benefits. While you are walking, be sure to really look at the environment (both natural and built) around you so you can spot aspects you approve of and those you’d like to change. This action is a good way to get inspired -- and stay that way!

Getting Out, Part 2: Even if you just walk around the block, don’t keep yourself cooped up indoors all day. Indoor air pollution can be a lot more harmful and potent than the air quality outdoors. You can also improve the quality of the air in your home or office by opening windows periodically.

Making Your Inside Environment Healthier: Get one or more plants for inside your home. Certain plants are known for improving indoor air quality. Plants can also help brighten a space and enhance a person’s mood.

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