Getting into the environment offers a whole host of benefits for one’s mental health. From the exercise you get while in nature, to the fresh air and natural light, to forgetting about the hustle and bustle of daily life, to connecting without technology, the truth is that getting into nature is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Science shows that there are many reasons why individuals develop mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, and multiple personality disorder. One theory is that our modern rat race is out of pace with how we are meant to live. Getting back to nature can help ‘reset’ our brains.
Additionally, getting into nature often involves some form of exercise, whether it is walking, running, biking, whatever. Exercise, and particularly exercise in a natural setting, releases mood-boosting endorphins that are so essential to proper mental health management.
Other theories say that mental illnesses can be caused by a lack of access to natural lights. Again, as with fresh air, natural light can be such an energy booster. It is one of the many reasons those suffering from seasonal attitude disorder or SAD improve just with access to a broad spectrum UV light.
And there are other theories still that say there are social aspects to the development of mental illness. Yet getting into nature gets us away from our devices, which in turn allows us to connect person to person, which is something all the social media can’t replicate. And while there might be some extra considerations when it comes to being social in the era of COVID, being outdoors is generally low-risk.
So wherever you are and whatever your battle might be, set some time aside to find yourself in a natural setting where you can enjoy the many benefits of nature.