According to a 2009 study
published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, people who live closer to nature are more likely to lead healthier lives. However, people don't only use nature as a preventative measure, many people connect to nature to help heal their spirits. If you're feeling depressed or suffering from malaise or other serious conditions, consider these ways to use nature to self-heal.
1. Soak in the Sun
Researchers hypothesize that higher levels of Vitamin D in the brain helps combat depression. Since our bodies produce Vitamin D
from sunlight, it makes sense that soaking in the sun (for a reasonable period) can help boost mood and fight depression.
In fact, some people who live in regions with harsh winters experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, a seasonal type of depression due to the lack of sun exposure during the colder months. Whether you're sun bathing or simply enjoying a picnic in the park, you can help fight depression by letting in the sun.
2. Meditate Outdoors
Meditation has long been used by various cultures, and many people use it to combat depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress, and even physical pain. In fact, meditation has even been shown to relieve symptoms
of various conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. By getting in touch with nature using meditation, you may be able to heal both your spirit and your body.
If you're not sure how to meditate properly, you may want to talk with a spiritual psychic
to help you with your technique or to get more advice on the best ways to meditate in nature.
3. Take a Jog in the Park
that walking outdoors and closer to nature could have more positive effects on the spirit and the body than doing the same type of exercises at the gym. This is partially due to the idea that people who exercise outside feel like their doing less work, but they also tend to experience more positive emotions than at the gym.
4. Garden Your Way to Happiness
Gardeners have reported high levels of happiness for a long time, but a study reported by CNN.com
compared two groups of people, one group who read indoors after a stressful activity and one group who gardened outside after the activity. The gardening group reported higher levels of happiness and had lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
5. Breathe in the Waterfall
that breathing in negative ions can help relieve stress, boost energy, and alleviate depression. Negative ions are natural molecules found in high concentration in nature, often near waterfalls and beaches. If you can find a nearby waterfall, consider spending a few quiet moments near it each day to boost your mood and heal your spirit.