Healthy Rivers, Healthy You Challenge: Get Creative With Your Creek
Not only can getting out on our rivers benefit you physically, but did you know that spending time in nature, watching the water flow next to you, and feeling the breeze on your face can positively affect your mental health too? Who would’ve thought! Being outdoors has been shown to reduce stress levels, reduce levels of depression and anxiety, increase resilience, improve self-esteem, and increase your capability to engage with other people. So just by going outdoors, you can start becoming healthier!
But not only do we want you to challenge yourself to get outdoors or find your nearest river, we want you to get creative! Challenge yourself to channel your inner artist and draw/paint a masterpiece, write a poem, write in your journal, read your favorite book, or snap a picture with your phone or camera! Get as creative as you can! This is your opportunity to accomplish a health challenge in whatever way you feel like! Use art to increase your mental health by using our favorite medium: rivers! Be sure to submit your creative outcomes to our Facebook page, and look to see if your masterpiece is featured as a challenge spotlight!
Georgia River Network’s Actions in Inspire
Over the years, Georgia River Network has encouraged creativity through rivers at many of our events! For instance, at Weekend For Rivers 2015, paddlers were encouraged to submit their most creative stories about what rivers have taught them! Rivers can be a huge source of inspiration, and Georgia River Network encourages people to get inspired about their river, and the efforts they can make to preserve them, and keep them healthy and beautiful! Our members and river lovers have created paintings, poems, songs, even dances to express their love of rivers. Need inspiration? Look at this painting done by James Thomas Gay in 2012 for Paddle Georgia. Or, check out some cool stories involving rivers here.