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Nature Therapy:  A Secret To Mental Wellness

 

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I love mountain climbing and cliff diving as these activities enable me to feel that I am a part of the lacework of God called life, that I am not isolated from nature.  Traversing different forests allows me to have the opportunity to explore my relationship with everything that God has created that is often overlooked and ignored by many.

We are assigned by God to be the administrator of His beautiful creation, and we should be good stewards of everything He made for our pleasure.

 

Noise Of Urbanity

The chaos urbanity brings causes imbalance in our mental health.   Some people display themselves to be superficially happy, but in reality, they are lurking in depression.  “Depression is more than an emotion or a state of mind, it is really a process. It is a combination of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.” Robert Allison, MA, LPC said. The unending desire to win the race to success makes them prisoners of frustration and anxiety, leaving them tired and unfulfilled still.

I was among the members of this mob before I found peace and tranquility in nature.

 

Nature’s Healing Power

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Connecting with the earth gives me a sense of balance, keeps me grounded, and allows me to experience the harmony that improves my mental health.  I see my life as a part of everything that God created, nature and animals.

Whether I am climbing mountains, diving in the sea, walking in a nature preserve, or just quietly sitting at the end of the cliff and listening to music, I feel light. I see things from a more positive perspective.  It helps me think with optimism.   It allows me to come up with a wise decision that will enable me to be more careful and considerate of others.  Nature reminds me that I am not alone and I’m not created to be alone.

 

Nature Meditation

I do nature meditation, sometimes with a group and other times just by myself.  It is a practice that helps me a lot whenever something is troubling me.  I do it by trying to identify myself with anything around me which could relate to how I feel. Like when I’m struggling with a feeling of worthlessness, I try to change this by seeing how the older trees in the forest, in the park or along the road provide shelter for some animals and shade for people passing by.  This kind of activity allows me to appreciate things better and encourages me to turn negative situations and thoughts into positive ones. As Andrea F. Polard, PsyD explains, “Meditation is not just relaxing, but to be keenly aware of the present moment while not interfering with mental activities that revolve around our little self.” It allows me to feel less depressed and sorry for myself and others around me.  It reduces my stress and keeps me back on track by not isolating myself from others who caused me my troubles, believing that I can be like an old tree who can provide shade and shelter to these passersby, and I may at one point infect others with my positive attitude.

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I also enjoy interacting with animals.  Studies show that petting them reduces our agitation and the tendency to be aggressive.

Activities such as jogging, walking, cycling, and even doing yoga in a park near my place have allowed me to increase my awareness not just of nature but of my neighborhood.  Appreciating them, having a small chat, or just merely observing them reduces my tension and anxiety and allows me to manage my anger and depression through an understanding of their situations as well.

Nature therapy is my secret to my mental wellness.  I discovered that it has a way of healing us physically and mentally, and it nurtures our soul.   It’s an amazing way it makes us feel like we belong to something far higher than us.  Its wonders open our minds to positivity, and every possibilities life can bring.

Let nature help you conquer not just your fears, anxiety, and depression, but allow it to guide you in learning to master control of your whole being. “Look at negative thoughts like reruns of a TV show you’ve seen a million times. Let them play in the background while you shift your focus to something else,” explains Jo Eckler, PsyD, a therapist in Austin, Texas