Nature and its role in your mental health

Posted by Lisa Lucier @lisalucier, Oct 30, 2017

My family and I just returned from a trip to Hot Springs and Lake Ouachita, Arkansas, as well as a visit to see family who live on a country property in the South.

It occurred to me after walks among Arkansas’ beautiful trees, boating on the peaceful and glass-like Lake Ouachita, and then sitting outside reading my book surrounded by ponds and foliage on our relatives’ property that a good infusion of nature really helps me relax, put aside any anxieties and uplift my spirits.

I’ve also noted that over time, members on Mayo Clinic Connect, like @paracat , @predictable , @rosemarya , @artscaping , @johnbishop, @windwalker, @amberpep, @virtuous69, @megan123, @parus, @hopeful33250, @IndianaScott, @disneyfan and @peach414144 have all mentioned nature or posted photos of elements of the outside world.

I suspect that others also find that nature has positive effects in their lives. Wondering if you would share what you feel the role of nature has been in your mental health?

@lisalucier Every weekend we would go to our cabin 8miles in from road and walk in woods it was wonderful and relaxing just looking at Brook and all .I forgot about all the stress and problems

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@lioness

@lisalucier Every weekend we would go to our cabin 8miles in from road and walk in woods it was wonderful and relaxing just looking at Brook and all .I forgot about all the stress and problems

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@lioness Sounds like that location would make for a good painting!

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@hopeful33250 I,ll seeing I can create a painting good suggestion

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@lioness

@hopeful33250 I,ll seeing I can create a painting good suggestion

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Yeah!! Looking forward to seeing it, @lioness

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@lioness

It will be worth the wait, @lioness!

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I know what you're talking about — I moved to a city in the South from Colorado. After three years here I decided I HAD to go back to Colorado with it's mountains and nature. I can't hike up the mountains like I used to – I'm 72 — but I can surely see the wonder of it all. Here it's like a big city with cars with aggressive drivers and so many large highways – one going practically on top of another. Thank GOD for Colorado.
Lauren mountain girl

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I know what you're talking about — I moved to a city in the South from Colorado. After three years here I decided I HAD to go back to Colorado with it's mountains and nature. I can't hike up the mountains like I used to – I'm 72 — but I can surely see the wonder of it all. Here it's like a big city with cars with aggressive drivers and so many large highways – one going practically on top of another. Thank GOD for Colorado.
Lauren mountain girl

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@1mountaingirl86 I still feel this way about WY. All I hear now are sirens, traffic and my view is the 3 storage sheds belonging to neighbors. I no longer open my verticals as there is little cover for the birds and feral cats that hang out for an easy meal. It would be unkind. Well, looks like I need to work on my gratitude list. I still love the memories I have of the Rockies. Thanks for the breath of fresh air.

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@1mountaingirl86

I know what you're talking about — I moved to a city in the South from Colorado. After three years here I decided I HAD to go back to Colorado with it's mountains and nature. I can't hike up the mountains like I used to – I'm 72 — but I can surely see the wonder of it all. Here it's like a big city with cars with aggressive drivers and so many large highways – one going practically on top of another. Thank GOD for Colorado.
Lauren mountain girl

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@1mountaingirl86 Yes thank you I lived in Pa beautiful Mts ,fresh air loved it Like Parus I see smokey air from factories and the hear train,sirens so fresh memories😊

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