I can't write about this topic without mentioning why I believe in it, why I know personally that nature can and will heal your mind, body and soul. Why I don't need science to tell me that. I battle PTSD, anxiety & depression everyday.
But let's go back in time a little...
Through elementary school I was bullied, beat up at least once and laughed at almost daily. I remember eating my lunch in the bathroom, or I wouldn't eat at all, too scared all by myself.
In high school, I got into a lot of trouble. After graduating I became homeless in Montreal and had to move back home where it all came to a stop when I almost lost my life.
A few months later, I joined the Canadian Armed Forces. I felt a little inspired by my grand father who had passed away before I was born and was also drafted in WWII. I only served for just over a year but it completely changed my life & I became better.
In 2011 my mother claimed her own life. This is when everything crashed and burned. I don't like bringing this up but it's the reason why I've changed so much. I deeply miss my Mom, she was my everything, she saved me from everything too, she was always right there and I can only hope to be as good a mother to my son and my daughter.
My mother's suicide changed everything. I don't want to talk about the grief, I want to talk about the lessons I've learned from her actions, her life and the bits of memories I have of her. I want to remember the good in her. She was an inspiring woman. You couldn't tell she was suffering, she was always so happy and enjoyed life so much. Having spent years in therapy and under different medications too, I can see that it doesn't do anything but mask the problem, you have to be willing to work at it and find inner peace & love. That's crucial.
The only thing that has ALWAYS been there for me consistently and immediatley is nature...
I'm always told that I have a strong soul. I got through so much by just getting back up. I guess I do, I survived a lot of crap and I'm still happy as a bunny most of the time. Sometimes, I still struggle painfully, but I'm finding ways to survive, like telling parts of my story. Being in crowded or small or loud or public places is hell for me. I find my peace in nature. It's my haven. Nature is where we come from, it's proven that when you reconnect with nature you kind of reset your brain, you cleanse your soul. "Go back to where you came from" takes on a peaceful meaning.
It's also scientifically proven that when you're surrounded by nature and forests, your brain acts differently which triggers your body to respond by boosting your immunity and your healing power. I'm sure you've felt it before, that exhilarating feeling you get when you breath in the fresh air, you can totally feel the vibe the forest gives off if you pay close attention. Be in tune with your surroundings. Be like water.
In a world filled with fast paced thinking and decision making, it's easy to improperly rest our minds, increasing our chances of illness, depression and break downs. By the way, 350 million people in the world are affected by depression and stress has become a global epidemic. You're not alone. Remember that.
Here are the facts about Mother Nature's healing power and how it will help you feel better, be happier and enjoy life a lot more.
- Nature has the power to calm and sooth your nerves.
- As a result, it reduces stress.
- It will also help you fight depression and boost your mood.
- After an illness or surgery, recovering around nature will speed up the time for healing.
- When you are in nature, your body produces more blood cells that fight off cancers and tumors.
- Nature can improve your sleep.
- It also has the power to reduce blood pressure.
I can tell you that whenever I feel dark inside, I remember nature. I go to it. You don't have to go outside to be with nature right off the bat. If it's too hard, listen to nature sounds, watch nature documentaries, look at images of nature and learn about it. I guarantee it will motivate you to go outside and get closer. Baby steps are okay.
I honestly don't think it's in human nature to be so crowded all the time. Crowded with people, sounds, worries, thoughts and the list goes on. We need nature. Lets's protect it.
This is why I find it so important that we try harder to preserve our forests.
-> What do you do to reduce your stress and connect with nature? Tell me in the comments, I would love to learn new ways to chill out!