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Monday, October 22, 2018

The Recovery Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors This Fall

Spending time outdoors this fall can be a big boon to your mental and physical health as well as your overall recovery. This is because it can help with stress management, sleep, socialization and more. Here’s a closer look at the benefits along with some ways you can get more fresh air this autumn.
  • You’ll boost your mental health. Nature and outdoor activities are a natural way to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. Just think about how you felt the last time you strolled through the park or even stepped outside and inhaled the crisp air.
  • You’ll feel more relaxed.  Nature has been linked with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and reduced blood pressure and heart rate. This is partly because of the colors and scents found in nature. Bonus: If it’s sunny outside, you’ll get some mood- and immune-boosting vitamin D.
  • You’ll have sunnier thoughts.  Stanford scientists discovered that walking in nature can reduce obsessive, negative thoughts. And if you’re walking vigorously or jogging, you’ll reap these benefits even more.
  • You’ll have better slumber. Even if you only get outdoors in the a.m., the effects can last until nighttime. In fact, studies show that a healthy dose of fresh air can help you fall and stay asleep.
  • You’ll expand your social network. Walking the same route each day or heading to the dog park is a great way to meet new people and possibly expand your network of sober friends.
Outdoor Recreation for a Better Recovery
It certainly can’t hurt to try to sneak a little fresh air into your recovery schedule – even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes each day. Try one of these ideas:
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor walk, jog or run
  • Gardening
  • Meditation or journaling outdoors
  • Pick-nicking in the park
  • Playing tennis, soccer or golf
  • Horseback riding
Get Nurtured in Nature
At Haven, we know that spending time outdoors reduces anxiety and depression, encourages healing, enhances creativity and promotes gratitude. Our Central Coast location is blessed with year-round sunshine, making it the perfect place for outdoor recreation as part of your recovery. To learn more about our location and programs, call today: 805-202-3440.