Published on September 18, 2017
slide 1: www.arizonadepressionhelpline.com Appreciation of Natural Beauty Lowers Depression On Aug. 21 2017 millions of Americans witnessed one of the most breathtaking natural phenomena. The total solar eclipse is a rarity and this one happened after a gap of 99 years. Young and old alike watched with awe as the disk of the sun was engulfed by the moon for a brief period. When the moon completely blankets the sun its outer atmosphere or the corona becomes visible. It is common then to see twirls and curls of multicolored light shooting off from the sun’s corona into the sky. Those who withheld their emotions said later that the moment had a profound impact on their lives. Many were on the verge of tears. When one sees such natural sights such as Grand Canyon or the aurora borealis the enormous beauty captures the mind. Though humans have for long taken nature for granted it has the power to heal. According to the appreciation of beauty blog there are three facets to admire the beauty of nature – awe admiration and elevation. When all these powerful emotions act in sync people are distanced from all negative thoughts and feel happy. Making the most of nature to keep depression at bay The popular O. Henry story “The Last Leaf” talks about the power of nature to instill hope in someone who has lost the desire to live. Seeing a solitary leaf withstand the storm fills a young girl with positivity that if the tiny thing could survive a storm so could she. So how does nature spin magic on the mortals and help them feel better People living closer to nature are less likely to use antidepressants: Studies have suggested that people who are nearer nature are less likely to resort to antidepressants. On the contrary people who lived in skyscrapers were more likely to fall prey to mental health ailments such as depression and anxiety. While it is not possible for a person to hitchhike or camp in the wilderness or woods each day it is quite possible to take camping trips once in a while. One could also possibly bicycle or walk near the greens occasionally. When one navigates through nature’s trails – the rocks the mountains and the wilderness the heart gets more oxygen and the brain gets more time to relax. One feels fitter and better to handle the vagaries of life. slide 2: www.arizonadepressionhelpline.com Soaking up some sunshine and wriggling toes in grass: It has been proved by now that Vitamin D found in abundance in the sunlight is good for the bones. If the body is pain-free the mind would be at peace. By soaking up some sunshine one can keep depression at bay. Even walking on grass or smelling the flowers has therapeutic properties. Learning mindfulness from nature: Nature is the best teacher of mindfulness training a therapeutic practice which comes in handy for those under stress. Close to nature one is more attuned to his surrounding chirping of the birds vast countryside and the ripples made by the stream of water. This not only helps one in connecting with his inner self but also find answers to questions that are the source of doubt and anger. Drawing sustenance from nature: Nature teaches about sustenance how a seedling takes the best of its environment to grow into a fine tree. For many who are depressed because they are not rich smart or beautiful enough nature is perhaps the best teacher. Life is much more than an aggregate of material wants. Timely treatment is the key to recovery Many rehabs and therapies nowadays have recognized the healing power of wilderness and nature in curing depression. Along with regular medications and behavioral therapies many rehabs advise outdoor activities by incorporating challenging nature treks walks and camps for holistic healing. The Arizona Depression Helpline is a vital resource to get information on evidence-based treatment programs administered in trusted depression rehab centers in Arizona. Call us at our 24/7 helpline 866-233-3895 to know more about depression treatment centers in Arizona.