What Makes the Outdoors so Relaxing (Continued)
Written by WinGate Therapy, Posted on , in Section Wilderness Philosophy
3) Fresh Air Makes a Difference
In small spaces like classrooms and offices, indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. Clean, oxygen-rich air has truly remarkable qualities. Not only does it help reduce heart rate and blood pressure, but also promotes the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of happiness and well-being. Reconnecting with natural serotonin production is especially important for youths who’ve struggled with addiction to drugs that affect brain chemistry.
4) Sunlight Raises Energy and Promotes Healing
The psychological effects of spending time in the great outdoors are profound, but there can also be physical effects. Only sun exposure can help the body produce critical vitamin D: Unlike many other vitamins, you can’t get enough of it from food. Vitamin D helps regulate mood, as anyone who has experienced a sunless northern winter knows. Beyond that, though, research has shown it can contribute to greater resistance of disease and resiliency when we are hurt.
Aside from all these benefits, nature engages the imagination and allows young people to think about all the possibilities their lives can hold. From the earliest times, the outside world has been seen as a place of renewal, hope, and healing.
WinGate Wilderness Therapy provides children and teens with the resources they need to harness that unique potential – outside and within themselves. The backdrop of unspoiled Utah countryside is an integral part of our wilderness therapy, allowing young people to reconnect with themselves and find new ways to overcome their personal challenges. To learn more, contact us.