Mid-year resolutions

Actions for you, the land, and your community

Why should New Year’s Eve be the only time to set goals and make improvements in your life? Why not give some of that thunder to the half-year mark

Here is a list of suggested resolutions, but don’t take it as pressure. Even if you vow to make one of these changes, you will help to improve your health, your community, and the world.

#1. Get outside

 Some people like camping during the summer, while others like to explore other cultures. There’s a third option, and one for which you don’t even have to leave Solano County! For summer exploration, take advantage of your own local open spaces, and in return you will improve your fitness and state of mind.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control says that less than one-quarter of Americans get the exercise they need. Regardless of which category you fall in, you have plenty of opportunities to get outside and exercise more! Yes, it can be hot in the summer, but a morning walk at Lynch Canyon often has a nice breeze from the marine influence that pours through the Golden Gate. And most of our docent-led hikes are in the morning.

#2. Take a kid outside

Kids like to be outside! A Nature Conservancy study found that kids 13 to 18 years old said being outdoors made them feel peaceful, calm, free, happy, adventurous, and alive. Not only does it benefit them physically and emotionally, it can help combat stress and obesity, and even help them in school. SLT provides a lot of opportunities to get kids outside. Check out our activities calendar.

#3. Eat fresh & local

Eating local and seasonal food is a win-win. It’s good for your health, and it also supports our local farmers. Take advantage of summer, and the fact that you live in an area where you can buy produce directly from those who grow it. You can find Farmer’s Markets in the cities of Benicia, Vallejo, Fairfield, Rio Vista, and Vacaville. There are also several places where you can buy food straight from the farmer including Brazelton Ranch, Larry’s Produce,  Soul Food Farm (for eggs), Be Love Farm, and Robledo's Farm Fresh Produce.

#4. Volunteer

 Volunteering is good for you! Several studies have revealed that volunteering improves health and mental and emotional well-being. Working with others, especially outside in nature, can reduce blood pressure and ease depression. Solano Land Trust has many volunteer opportunities, including helping as a Citizen Scientist, working at events, or being a docent and ambassador on our properties.

#5. Cut down on plastic use

It’s time to get serious about cutting single-use plastics out of our lives and keeping it out of our waterways. We can make an impact together! A recent study by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute found that microplastic (plastic debris less than five millimeters across) is in the ocean from the surface to the seafloor, and is entering the food web. One easy way to make a difference is to carry your own reusable water bottle and coffee cup.

#6. Plant a tree

Trees are superheroes! They provide home and habitat for birds and mammals while absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen for us to breathe. They provide shade and can help lower the temperature in urban and suburban areas. Trees reduce storm water runoff and may help to reduce flooding. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals. If you don’t have a place to plant a tree, show your support for trees and make a donation to Solano Land Trust. We plant them all the time!

Photos courtesy of Aleta George, Brazelton Ranch, Be Love Farm, Robledo’s Produce, and doityourself.com.