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Spending Time In Nature Is Good For Recovery and Treatment

Benefits of Spending Time in Nature During Addiction Recovery

“In every walk with nature,” American naturalist John Muir famously described, “one receives more than he seeks.”

It is natural human behaviour to seek time to connect with the natural environment.

We go to nature expecting some kind of answer, which, we are always revealed, lies within us.

All we need to do is return to a state of calm, which nature is particularly skilled at providing.

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The power of nature in recovery

Nature reduces stress, increases well being, and resets many of our natural systems.

For example, sleeping in nature resets the circadian rhythm. Walking in nature can reset the way we view our bodies and feel about our self-worth.

Lush environments of green landscapes provide fresh, clean oxygen, which helps the brain and the body heal.

“In all things of nature,” Aristotle once wrote, “there is something of the marvellous.”

Marvellous is a word we use to describe something “causing great wonder; extraordinary”.

How it works

Nature is wonderful as well as full of wonder. We are caused an extraordinary amount of awe when we are in nature.

There is something particularly magical about being surrounded by green and spending time in an area not touched by man.

Parks that are kept maintained are cared to with tender love and devotion not for man but for the health and preservation of nature.

Nature is the hope there truly is something greater than us. We hope that there is a world beyond the hurt and devastation man can create.

Nature represents purity and faith that life can be beautiful, untouched, and raw.

Humans put a tremendous amount of focus on superficial beauty.

Beauty in nature is effortless.

Nature doesn’t have to prove its beauty- it is simply beautiful. Spending time in nature reminds us that we, as human beings, are a product of nature.

Therefore, we are simply beautiful in our raw and natural state.

Is there any evidence?

Increasing amounts of research are proving that spending time in nature has tremendous benefits on mental health from eating disorders to addiction, anxiety to depression.

Castle Craig is settled on fifty acres of Scottish Borders.

Surrounded by the famous Woodlands of Scotland’s highland, our beautiful estate offers all of the nature and exploration patients need to feel connected to their environment.

Routinely, we offer therapy and treatment outdoors. Connecting patients to the natural environment help connect them to themselves.

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    Page published: August 4, 2017. Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked October 19, 2021