Being outside and in nature can produce benefits without you even knowing it. Although it may seem insignificant, being outdoors can boost cognitive, emotional, mental, and psychological functioning when done consistently.
Being in nature can improve memory capacity, cognitive flexibility, and the ability to control attention more intentionally. Additionally, going outside connects you with the natural world, which can decrease your automatic responses to stress- thus increasing your mind’s ability to think more clearly and feel less chaotic.
Reducing stress levels is one way in which nature positively impacts your health. In a society where stress tends to be the hallmark of living, this is crucial in cultivating true holistic wellness, inner peace, and longevity.
Another benefit of making time to be outdoors — in any capacity that feels good — is that it can remind you that you are connected with other humans and the world itself. This reminder and realization can decrease feelings of loneliness and despair.
Being in nature can also serve as an opportunity to practice mindfulness, presence, and self-care.
If you need a change of scenery from the gym (or do not have a gym membership), you can take your workout, walk, run, or any other physical activity outside. Going outdoors and experiencing nature can assist in increasing physical wellness in addition to a plethora of cognitive and emotional benefits.
Even if you do not live close to large, green spaces, perhaps you can carve out time to travel somewhere near your home, where green spaces are abundant, for a hike and to explore a new setting. If a natural environment is inaccessible, walking on a busy city street is better than nothing. At least it will get you outside so you can drop out of your head and into your body for a little while.
Being in nature can be integrated into your holistic wellness treatment plan. Nature can strengthen your mental illness and substance abuse recovery in ways that other treatment programming cannot. Being outdoors is an excellent, supportive form of self-care to have as you embrace the discomfort that comes with any change or healing process. At Avalon Malibu, we recognize the healing powers that nature provides. We integrate nature into our treatment programming and will support you as you find ways of self-care that feel good for you. To learn more, call us today at (844) 857-5992.