Nature can play a pretty powerful role in your recovery – boosting your physical and mental health. For one, nature is a natural stress killer. Just think about how relaxed (in mind, body and spirit) you felt last time you spent an afternoon in the sunshine. Spending time in nature has been linked to lower heart rate, decreased blood pressure, better cholesterol and heightened immunity.
Plus, here are a few more benefits that can help your recovery:
- Less anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. This is especially true if you add exercise to the mix. Bonus: The color green (think trees, grass, plants) may even help make exercise easier, according to research.
- Improved sleep. Crack those windows and let the fresh air help you fall (and stay) asleep.
- Reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Smell the flowers; the scent of many flowers has been study-proven to kick the body into relaxation mode.
- More positivity. A stroll through nature can help tame negative, obsessive thoughts, according to scientists.
- Improved social life. Why not ask a recovery peer to accompany you to the park or on a hike.
The Bible says that nature speaks to us of God’s character and His attributes. Spending time in nature gives us a chance to slow down and notice what it’s communicating.
Here are a few ways to enjoy the fall and head outside:
- Go for a stroll and admire the fall foliage.
- Take a long hike.
- Head to your local farmer’s market.
- Plan a picnic in the park.
- Sit under a tree and get lost in a book.
- Start your morning with outdoor motivation.
- Walk or jog outside each morning.
Your Spiritual Guidance
Many rehab services address the physical, mental, and emotional facets of your care, but we believe that spiritual guidance is just as critical. Integrating Bible-based truths into each of our behavioral health and addiction recovery programs, we will work with you to customize your behavioral health or dual-diagnosis plan. To learn more, call today: 877-310-9545.