Getting Outside: How Outdoor Time Is Beneficial During Recovery

Exercise, in its many forms, is beneficial for so many reasons. It can help us lose weight, get in shape, and reduce stress. It can also help us feel better during bouts of depression or when the symptoms of PTSD are at their worst. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a whopping 40 million adults in the U.S. are suffering from anxiety disorders.

With so many Americans facing issues with mental health, spurred on by feelings of isolation, it’s more important than ever to get outside. Taking time away from the stresses of everyday life to enjoy the wonders of the natural world can make you feel stronger and can motivate you even when you’re feeling tired or overwhelmed.

Here are a few tips from PTSD Solutions Therapy on how to help you weather depression, stress, and anxiety by spending time outdoors.

Take your dog

Dogs are faithful and loving companions who enjoy being outside, and including your pet on a hike or walk along the beach will make being active that much more enjoyable for you. Spending time with animals can be beneficial both physically and mentally, as they can reduce stress and anxiety and even lower blood pressure. Start a routine that allows you to include your dog so that the two of you can have some quality time and stay active together..

Pick up a hobby

One of the best ways to get through depression is to find a hobby you enjoy doing. Hobbies fill our time with an enjoyable activity, help us learn new things, and give structure to the day, all of which can be extremely beneficial for someone who wants to stay on a healthy path. There are tons of fun things you can do outdoors, from playing a sport, to fishing, to exploring different parts of your town. Many areas offer ample wildlife viewing opportunities as well, which can provide a distraction from your troubles and evoke a sense of overall well being. You’ll also get to further your knowledge of and gain greater insight as to the needs of your local wildlife populations.

Spend time with the kids

If you have children or grandchildren, it can be hugely beneficial to spend quality time with them during the recovery process. Taking the time to be with family can keep you motivated even when things get difficult. Get outside and create a treasure hunt for the kids or go for a long walk after dinner. Getting active together will allow for bonding time and will enable you to lead by example when it comes to staying healthy.

Join a group

Staying social and maintaining those ties with people who are positive influences in your life is extremely important during recovery. These are the people who will support you when times get tough, who will help motivate you when you feel like giving up, and who won’t judge you or tempt you. Consider joining a workout group, conservation society, or gardening club with the people you enjoy spending time with, and get outside with one another.

Optimize your home

As important and helpful as it is to get outside when you’re in recovery, it can be extremely beneficial to try and create an oasis of calm at home, as well. The goal is to streamline your home for positivity by reducing criticism and negativity — not to mention mess and clutter. Next, make your own backyard as comfortable as possible so that you have a place to lounge and relax. To help, simply search Angi for “patio landscapers near me” and browse ratings and reviews to find the best professional to create that oasis you deserve.

Going outside can improve your fitness, keep you active, and help you find joy in the small things, which is extremely important for individuals who are struggling with mental health issues. It can reduce depression, anxiety, and many other negative feelings and allow you to focus on yourself and the present moment, a major part of moving forward and staying on a healthy path. Talk to your loved ones about how they can help you get outdoors and have fun this year.

At this time, when many of us are scared, panicky, anxious, and just tired of everything that is happening around us, PTSD Solutions Therapy is available to speak with you in the office, by phone or via the internet. Call (954) 455-0388.


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