I always feel better after relaxing or exercising in nature.
My personal experience is evidence in my own life of these research findings.
- I have noticed that breathing in fresh air for a few minutes in the morning dramatically enhances and stabilizes my mood for the day.
- If I’m having a “good day” with minimal vertigo symptoms, I like to exercise outside but I often bring my cane or a walking stick for balance on uneven surfaces and hiking trails.
- If I’m having a “bad day,” just sitting quietly in the freshness of the outdoors soothes me and relaxes me.
I am always amazed when I see the plants in my yard with a new flower bloom or my avocado tree growing a new branch. Observing nature reminds me that things are constantly changing, so it helps me not to get mentally stuck.
From hiking in nature to sitting on the front porch, nature has a lot to offer us to support our well-being, regardless of our level of mobility.
This is the first Bible passage that I memorized when I began to study the Bible and I keep it in my heart:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.” -Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
This blog post is provided for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that I might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.