“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs
Yep that right, you don’t have to go very far to find verification that there is incredible healing power in nature. Google it and you’ll get about a ba-zillion hits – no need for me to try to summarize all of that here. It’s all out there for you if you want to find it. What I do want to do however is to convince you as a parent of a struggling child to give it a try. Get out there and see, smell, and hear some nature for your own benefit. Because I know with all certainty that it helps!
As outlined in The Healing Power of Nature by Debra Manchester MacMannis, LCSW, on www.psychcentral.com, being in nature has some real documented healing qualities for kids, especially those with ADHD. And what’s interesting is that at least to some degree, it has a positive effect on us parents too. And why is that?
Really, there could be a whole bunch of reasons, and many might be a lot more scientific than these – but this is what I have found:
- Nature can help us be present in the moment for a while during a time in our lives that may be too often consumed with fear and worry. When we are smelling the fresh air, looking at a beautiful panorama, or concentrating on hiking a trail, our minds are at least momentarily in the present moment and therefore have let go of past regrets or future ‘What-ifs’ (aka – worrying about what might happen….).
- When we get out of our normal habitat and out into the open, some fresh perspectives tend to come to light. Some quiet (or at least different) time in nature has a way of opening up our minds and letting some fresh thoughts in, which can me most useful in difficult times like these.
- We are likely getting some exercise along with our nature jaunt – a double win. Another well known fact is that exercise is a mind clearer, and stress reliever. Whether we are walking around our neighborhood or city streets, are in a park, or are mountain hiking, we are getting the double benefit of exercise!
“If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way”. – Aristotle
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”. – Albert Einstein
It’s so true that nature heals. The ancient philosophers knew it, the great physicist Albert Einstein knew it, and we know it too. It’s just a matter of putting some nature time into our days.
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the beautiful colors, the crisp apples, the cool night air, and the promise of change in the wind. I try especially hard this time of year to get out there and experience it, because I know that soon the leaves will drop and all of my perennials will take their extended siesta. I suppose it is that inevitability that prompts me the most.
How about you? What will it take to get you out there enjoying a little bit of nature?
Leslie Ferris is a Certified and Credentialed Life Coach
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