THE OUTDOORS, A GREAT PLACE TO UNWIND AND MANAGE STRESS AND ANXIETY

OUTDOORS

CHOOSING A THERAPIST

Michael Dadson, PhD, Counselling Psychology, March 2020

An outdoor environment with fresh air, be it in cultivated gardens, or a more natural setting, can help bring calm to both our bodies and minds, and is especially great when we suffer from stress, anxiety, and depression. Walking, or finding a quiet place to sit and breath naturally, allows nature to reach out to us with calming benefits. This is also true when we are around water sources.

A favourite outdoor source for relaxation is fishing, sitting on a boat in a pond or lake, or even off the end of the local dock. Being near water is calming, and the rhythm of casting out the line and watching it break the surface of the water and waiting is enough. Catching a fish is just a bonus.

We start to relax when we breathe when we are in natural environments, especially around water sources such as lakes, beaches, waterfalls and even in the rain. The air smells so fresh after a rain, or outdoors in nature, and around water. When we feel good it helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, and boosts our energy levels. Making regular trips to our favourite spots in nature can help us in our journey to wellness, and in maintaining a healthy, positive perspective on life. #today #life #unwind #calm #mentalhealth #anxiety

“I have worked professionally caring for people for over 35 years. For over 20 years, I have been certified as a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.”