How the Natural World Helps Mental Health

The autumn leaves swivel around me—like colors on canvas—as vibrant hues of golden brown scratch the surface of the ground.  An onslaught of laughter roars from the small depth of my belly, as I relentlessly spring off the base of my heels—into the pile which lies before me. Delight cascades over me with each auburn leaf, as bliss lingers in the sunkist horizon. For, even though time presses onward, the memory still remains—both authentic and clear.

However, what associates itself with such, isn’t the first swig of thick red liquid which coated the top layer of my throat. But instead, the freedom I felt through my interaction with nature—despite getting sick from the fall weather.

In turn, as we find beauty—in all aspects of the natural world—we find beauty in ourselves. For, it’s through establishing a connection—with that which surrounds us—that we begin to see growth in our mental health. We then, exceed in good cheer, rather than falling victim to pitfalls. As a result, we find that the natural world heals, giving us the ability to breathe once more—as we find joy through simplicity.

Furthermore, as we focus our perception, on something other than ourselves, our obstacles become miniscule. For, mental health is all about the way in which we view the world around us. In turn, if our senses are obscured—rather than made aware—it can be burdensome.

Therefore, true aid comes when we are able to interpret how we are feeling—or why we may be feeling that way. For, it is through such that we can begin to counteract negative emotion that we may be consumed by in that very moment. As a result, it is only through our five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch—and/or the environment that we are in—that our mood is changed.

In conclusion, Nature is the easiest way of doing such because it helps reduce our stress, and impact our bodies (for the better) in ways we never thought possible. Therefore, as humans we must be careful not to allow ourselves to be in a place of discomfort or distress—because through such we can begin to feel anxious, sad, helpless, etc. However, if each of us were to allow ourselves to take in the beautiful which surrounds us—for even a fraction of a second—how much healthier would we be both physically and mentally. For, sometimes our greatest solace comes from nature itself.

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