Studies have proven that connecting with nature has a major & positive impact on the prevention and rehabilitation of mental health disease. How? In a nutshell, getting outdoors reduces stress and anxiety and provides ample opportunity for personal development!
Sunlight = Vitamin D
Vitamin D = Serotonin
Serotonin = healthy (and happy!) brain, immune system & nervous system
Getting Active = Dopamine
Dopamine = Stress Release
New Environment and/or Challenge
Enhanced self-awareness & confidence
Beyond scientific mumbo jumbo, we think it’s important to recognize that modern day life is not only extremely fast paced and rapidly changing, but it is vastly disconnected from the natural world.
Getting outside provides relief just for this. Not only are you physically, mentally and spiritually connecting with nature, but it gives you time to mentally slow down and live in the moment without distraction.
(Plus, it actually gives you guilt-free time and space for self-reflection which is, in our opinion, crucial for mental health recovery).
So what are you waiting for? Head outside and get that serotonin and dopamine pumping!!!
“Get lost in nature and you will find yourself”
Above personally experiencing healing through getting outdoors, we have learned the following:
2. Never feel ashamed! Above mental health disease being ALOT more common than most people realize, know that, although not easy, it is something you can tackle to get back in balance! It becomes a lot more difficult (and a longer process) if you don’t acknowledge it and reach out for help.
In our opinion, opening up and talking about your mental health is the best first step towards recovery. We’re hoping our stories will help connect a few dots and construct a sense of comfort by reminding people know that they are not alone. Most importantly, however, we hope our stories provide a sense of hope and encouragement knowing that recovery is truly possible.
Confronting my anxiety and depression – hands down the most strenuous and emotional challenge I’ve ever faced. The effort to fight it, however, has absolutely been worth it! Above finding healing and regaining control of my mental health, with the help of nature (and a few amazing people), I’ve managed to become fully prescription free!
Anxiety and depression are very real. After personally going through spirals of anxiety and depression, I have discovered true success and healing through seeking medical help and reaching out to others. Above that, they key has been finding happiness in my absolute happy place… the outdoors!
When I was internalizing my anxiety, I turned to exercise for my main source of release. Thanks to this, I found my passion and mental rejuvenation from yoga! It has taught me how our mental health is something we have control on, we just need to listen and discover what it is that we personally need.