Treatment for addiction usually features healthy, fun activities that clients can engage in while staying focused on their sobriety. Underlying mental health conditions are a contributing factor to a person’s addiction. Outdoor activities, such as hiking, surfing, rock climbing, cliff diving, and snowboarding have great health benefits for the mind, body, and soul.
Being outdoors is proven to decrease levels of depression, anxiety, and stress while improving physical wellness. According to Mardie Townsend, PhD, an honorary professor at the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University in Australia, “there is mounting evidence that contact with nature has significant positive impacts on mental health,” (Rodriguez, T., 2015). Nature offers positive distractions in an oxygen-enriched environment with psychological and social benefits.
Exposure to nature promotes healing qualities in recovery. Nature revitalizes the senses and awakens mindfulness of your surroundings. It reconnects spirituality and restores the soul. Nature reduces anger, fear, and stress while increasing pleasant feelings and contributes to your physical well-being while decreasing blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension (How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing, n.d.). Exposure to nature and natural surroundings helps develop purpose and incites the discovery of a meaningful and healthy sober lifestyle.
Treatment programs that incorporate outdoor activities into group outings prove that you can have fun while being sober. Breathing in fresh air in a serene, natural setting improves mental wellness. Many people who struggle with addiction and mental health complications battle disruptive sleep patterns. People who exercise and stay active outdoors on a regular basis experience sleep that is more restful.
There are social benefits to participating in outdoor group outings. It provides opportunities to connect with other sober individuals and establish meaningful and sustainable relationships. Outdoor group outings also strengthen team building and decision-making skills. It also helps you connect to a new lifestyle without drugs or alcohol. Nature is very therapeutic in treatment for a life-long, successful recovery. Stay healthy and be sure to go outside, take a deep breath of fresh air, and absorb the beautiful healing qualities of nature.
If you or a loved one struggles with addiction and mental health problems, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life without drugs or alcohol. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151