A recent, large-scale study in Britain shows that green neighborhoods improve mental health and decrease the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety. According to the study, green spaces are a safeguard for our well-being, across all ages and backgrounds. Nature itself provides an abundance of mental, physical and emotional benefits, no matter where you live. It is a calm, protective space in which you can heal from the past and focus on the present.
If you struggle with depression or anxiety, include nature in your daily ritual. Walk, exercise, or do other activities outside and in a green space – which can be anything from a tree-lined street to a community garden.
Pay attention to the way your physical body responds to the sights, smells, and sounds around you. Practice mindfulness of your thoughts and emotions. What feelings arise? What are the thoughts that come and go?
Nature is a gift. It’s a safe place where you can set aside modern distractions to explore your mind, body, and spirit. When you include nature in your daily ritual, you grant yourself the opportunity for endless self-discovery.
Rediscovering our personal power is a lifelong journey. If you’d like to share in this adventure with me, please reach out to the Spiral Path Healing Arts Center. I look forward to connecting with you!