How is Nature Helpful for Men to Process Their Thoughts?

Men in the modern world need time away from the stresses of life to recalibrate. It can feel like a huge struggle to figure out how to navigate life in recovery. While men and women both struggle to get outside more and spend time with kids and loved ones in nature, men especially are hard-wired for adventure and being outdoors. It can be a safe space to be vulnerable and explore the physical aspects of their lives where they can process their experiences in a healthy way.

Third Spaces

Men in nature often find they can relax and experience a type of healing they cannot find otherwise. There are no distractions, work, calls, emails, or other things to take away from the experience. It is just animals, birds, trees, and the frontier of being in nature that opens people’s eyes to the reality of the world being bigger than our individual circumstances.

Health and Healing

Being in nature can be incredibly healing. Being outside is linked to lower levels of obesity. People who spend a lot of time outside typically exercise more and experience a vitality of life people who stay indoors do not. There are many factors, but proximity helps and also knowing what to do and where to go. Nature is a great way to keep mental focus in check. Cities are crowded and noisy, even when green space is available. People in recovery crave another hobby and experience outside themselves, so being in nature can be healing. It can also:

  • Combat depression and anxiety
  • Boost testosterone, vital for life
  • Fights cancer by building immunity

When men are fighting against addiction and substance abuse, they may find healing by going outside more. Nature also increases a feeling of humility. Being where it seems we are smaller than what is around us helps people to gauge their personal level of importance in what they’re doing at that moment. A sense of smallness can help build a better sense of direction in recovery from addiction.

Finding Hope

The key to addiction recovery is finding healing and hope. It means seeking new opportunities to get outside oneself and experience nature or other spaces that rejuvenate the soul. In a way, nature is the last hold out for people with addiction to challenge what they think they know and experience a new way of thinking that takes them away from the addiction and into a better mindset focused on healing.

The Last Resort provides a safe, supportive environment for men in a retreat-like setting. Nature is an important component of recovery and healing. We strive to provide a place of enrichment that cultivates the inner as well as the outer journey of recovery. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.