How Nature Can Help in Recovery

There are countless benefits to spending less time indoors and more time out in nature. You don’t need to go camping or go on a wilderness expedition to reap the benefits of nature. You can simply choose to spend more time outdoors. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress levels and help with anxiety and depression. Studies have also shown that increased time in nature improves self-esteem and the ability to socialize. Some studies even show that you don’t have to be physically in nature to get the benefits. Sitting near a window with a view will provide increased mental health. Being in nature engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the “rest and digest” response, as opposed to the stress-inducing “fight or flight.” Here are some suggestions for ways to get out in nature during recovery and beyond.

Take a mindfulness walk in nature. This involves engaging your senses and being fully present in the moment. Notice how your body feels as you move through nature, notice your thoughts, and pay attention to your surroundings. Note the sounds, smells, and sights of the natural world.

Walk barefoot on the beach or in the woods. This is a technique that’s also known as “grounding” or “earthing.” Research shows that when we walk barefoot in nature, we connect to the earth’s electromagnetic field and reap numerous health benefits including reduced stress and anxiety and improved immune system.

Sit at or near a window when working at your computer or doing something indoors. This is a practical way to incorporate nature into your daily life, even when you can’t get outside. The natural sunlight and views will boost mood and reduce stress, all of which help your recovery process and well being tremendously.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or emotional issues, help is available. Recovery improves quality of life, connection, and awareness. At The Beach House, we elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located on the sand in Malibu, California, we provide expert clinical care and a holistic approach to the recovery process. We ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. Start your recovery journey today. You deserve it. Call or text: 310-862-6845.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.