Access to parks could be responsible for up to a 15-year difference in lifespan. ~ Alameda County Public Health Dept. (2014)
It doesn't matter if we're looking out the kitchen window at our garden, or if we're body surfing 6-foot waves in the ocean.
Science has now caught up with what we already knew - time focused on nature has positive effects on our physical and mental well being.
Let's take advantage of its therapeutic properties and re-build our strength and spirit by adding nature back into our lives.
We can get back into nature and use it as our inspiration. But - get this - it doesn't always have to be outside.
Connecting to nature can happen in the kitchen, on the couch, and with our pets. It can happen with natural scenery, colors, spices, scents and sounds.
And, of course, connecting to nature can be getting out into the the thick of it - breathing the fresh air, building a snowman, feeling the wind on your face, walking a path, smelling the salt near the ocean and the pine in the forest.
The point is, we get to decide what inspires us each day, and the ways we can use nature to do this are endless.
We never know what each day will bring. Sometimes we wake up tired and feel like all we can do is lay back down.
Other days we're wide awake and ready to conquer the world. Its difficult to make a plan and stick to it when our energy levels are inconsistent.
Good news! Studies show that time with nature improves mood and increases energy and clarity.
Even better, we can surround ourselves with nature despite our energy levels.
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Getting back into nature and re-building strength and spirit may sound difficult - we've been through a lot and have some serious healing to do! But after 5 years of rebuilding myself after each treatment, and using nature as a backdrop, I have created a method that helps me regardless of my ever-changing energy levels.
Whether I have chronic fatigue and can't leave the house, or I feel like I could hike a trail for hours, the Think Outside program helps keep me on track, inspired, accountable and successful.
Think Outside is a supplemental survivorship program that helps us re-build strength and spirit, re-discover ourselves, achieve our goals and realize our aspirations.
It uses nature as an important part of healing after treatment. It is meant to compliment a medical rehabilitation or outpatient program, but can also be used as a stand alone method.
Think Outside is a personal program. It takes into account your personal interests, passions and energy levels, and will be most successful if used in partnership with quality medical care.
In other words, get excited and tell your doctor all about it! Ask about any concerns or limitations to consider. Your doctor will be happy to hear that you are building yourself up little by little each day and re-discovering things you love!