I need to use productive health-engendering ways to cope with physical and emotional pain and stress, instead of self-destructive coping tools such as alcohol and non-prescribed drugs.
Imagine therapy that had no known side effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero costs. Such a therapy has been known to philosophers, writers, and laypeople alike: interacting with nature.
Nature heals and improves cognitive functioning, reduces mental chatter and negative thinking, calms, reminds one of what is really important in life and enhances overall well-being. Nature can be restorative—sounds of silence and the exposure to natural sights, sounds and smells.
“Going on Outward Bound adventures, in nature, with fellow vets, was a healing journey.”
“Being out at sea is a time for reflection.”
“The transition back is difficult, especially for young vets, being in nature; undertaking challenging tasks like kayaking the rapids, mountain climbing, hiking with my battle buddies helped a lot.”