A study conducted by University of Essex researchers found that taking a walk in nature reduced depression in 71% of its participants, compared to only 45% in participants in the control group (who took a walk in a shopping center)! Ironically, 22% of the control group participants actually reported an INCREASE in depression 🤔 Maybe retail therapy ISN’T so helpful after all! =====================================
Even if returning service members do not have a physical or mental health injury, many families or veterans may still struggle with coming back to a routine which is very different from war. HOW provides expense free excursions to these veterans and their families that can help the process.
Heroes on the Water is one of the few veterans’ charities that includes family members in our programs.
To learn more about how you and your family can get involved, click the link in our bio!
What does this iconic 80’s movie have to do with building community in therapeutic settings? Come on over the the @natsapdc Southeast conference tomorrow morning for our Keynote Address, “Beyond the Handshake: The Power of Intentional Community,” to find out!
✨Massive empowered action ➡️ massive growth ➡️ massive gratitude .
It’s the formula that works every damn time. Have you ever had a moment make you so crazy, freakin present and gratitude just rushes over you? .
Your mind reels like an old movie 🎥 projector of what you have been through, then how far you have come and then the “Effffff yessss” I’m so grateful. .
It’s the very second you realize that you have finally “let that shit go”. The heart ❤️ and soul strings of pain have been severed ✂️ and the freedom from the negative emotions is euphoric. The moment you realize you are healed.
I had this moment yesterday. My first marriage and divorce really took its toll on me and even after moving on with my life I still had some deep hurt that I had buried. YES! you can be happy and still have hurt. I’ve worked hard on myself for three years to understand it and heal. I’ve pushed away and leaned in. I’ve loved hard on this amazing man right here too. What an incredible souls he has been as he has also accepted and encouraged all I’ve had to process. I love you.
The universe put out some crazy signs yesterday but I caught every single one. 🙏🏻 And the gift was empowered gratitude. .
I encourage you to take the action to heal. It will bubble up every emotion but damn when you are done with it all the freedom is so friggen sweet. BTW- you will recognize the moment too. It’s unmistakeable. .
Go ahead...👉🏻#BeYourOwnHero 👈🏻
Two more days until I’m facilitating Nature Art making at the Bioneers enviro conference. The collection of nature materials I’m bringing is really rich! Be sure to stop by if you’re at the conference. Stay tuned for pics of awesome collaborative creations.
Get outside for some Ecotherapy!!! It’s how I get inspired when I’m in a more natural setting. Sitting here on the beach the sand dunes got me thinking about their advice 😉
Nature teaches us the various physical and psychological benefits of being outside. Here’s just a few to get you inspired to get outdoors more!
1. Mental Benefits. Studies have found that the closer someone lived to a green space or nature area, the healthier that person was likely to be.
2. Heart & Stress Benefits
3. ADD & ADHD
4. Sleep Improvements & Longevity
5. Vitamin D
8. Fresh Air
Share your nature pics with me #ds365 and leave me a comment below on how nature 🌱makes you feel when you both hang out with each other.
365 Lifestyle Motivator
The magic in the details, the cracks, the veins, the contrast of nature and man made machine. .
There is something beautiful for you to find in nature. I don’t care how you get there- you can hike, run, bike or motorcycle, shoot some of you fly or float.... just appreciate this season and see the #fallbeauty !
Great to be back in the mountains, and excited to kick off the fun tomorrow with a pre-conference workshop, “Building Connection through Natural-World Experiences,” at French Broad River Park.
Hope to see you there!
Life has significantly changed for me since I’ve learned to practice mindfulness. With some effort, I am able to be present in the moment instead of having my mind wander, thinking of the past and worrying about the future. Life has also been different since I started changing my perspective on things, but it wasn’t always this way. In the midst of a very stressful life event, I was encouraged by friends to seek therapy. At first I was hesitant because I didn’t think there was anything “wrong” with me, but in hindsight, admitting I could use some help and taking the initiative to see a therapist was one of the best things I did for myself. I’ve learned so much about myself- my patterns and habits, how my childhood affected my adulthood and how it motivates my present day actions, how to love myself, how to accept myself despite my flaws and mistakes, how to understand my emotions and process them in a healthy way, how to deal with my insecurities, how to heal past wounds and move forward from them, how to express my emotions instead of suppressing them, etc. There were many moments where I loathed myself, wanted to disappear forever, felt undeserving of others, and thus, pushed away the people closest to me, but I was truly blessed for those that showed me love, support, & kindness even in my ugliest (when I say ugly, I mean reeeaaal ugly 😅) hours. This stressful life event along with therapy has humbled me and has taught me to understand others & be more compassionate instead of judging others. World Mental Health Day was a week ago, but I feel it should be brought to light more often to break the stigma. If you’re going through something and you’re reading this, know that you are enough, you matter, that it’s okay to not be okay, & it’s perfectly fine to ask for help! Let us also remember to be kind to ourselves bc we are deserving & to be kind to others bc we don’t know what battles others are fighting. I suppose self growth and the road to happiness is a life long journey, so we might as well embrace the process- even the most painful and uncomfortable ones, because without that, we wouldn’t know the meaning of happiness!
HOW encourages their participants to keep coming back, so their experience isn’t just a one-time event. A large reason for their effectiveness is engaging with them for the long term. via @bending_branches #paddlefishheal
Click the link in our bio for more information on our events!
Heading back home to Mendocino with so much magic from Joshua Tree to share soooooooon! Thanks @cloverdave for being my creative comrade through the manifestation of this desert dream. We survived the storm!!