Buena Vista Recovery Playbook: Embracing the Outdoors in Recovery This Spring

March 23, 2023

Written By: Buena Vista Recovery

As we move into the warmer months of spring and summer, it’s important to remember that there are many benefits to spending time outdoors. Not only does spending time in nature help you connect with yourself and others, but it can also improve your physical health, mental well-being, and overall quality of life. Additionally, for those in addiction recovery, spending more time outside with friends or family members can be incredibly therapeutic. Even something as simple as going for a walk through your neighborhood park can give you an opportunity to reconnect with yourself on a deeper level. 

The Beauty of Spring

Spring is the perfect time to start embracing nature. The weather can be beautiful, and there are so many things you can do outside in your community that will help you feel better and stay sober. As someone recovering from addiction, you’re likely aware of the importance of spending time outdoors. Spending time in nature is good for your health, both physically and emotionally. Fresh air, sunshine, and exercise are just some of the factors that make outdoor activities so good for our recovery.

Nature comes back to life in spring. There’s nothing like seeing flowers bloom, trees leaf out, and grass grow after months of gray skies and frozen earth. It’s a welcome reminder of all the beauty that exists in this world. Engaging with such beauty will make you feel better about yourself as well as your recovery journey.

Springtime is also associated with change. New beginnings and fresh starts are right around the corner! You may have been struggling with addiction for some time now. Perhaps this year will bring about some positive changes for you on your road toward recovery. If so, we hope that spring weather helps lift up those spirits!

The outdoors also provides a source of comfort, especially when you’re feeling sad or stressed out. It can help you feel calm, relaxed, and rejuvenated by providing an opportunity to spend some quiet time on your own or with friends or family members who may also be struggling with addiction recovery.

Why Is Spending Time Outdoors So Important for Those in Recovery?

While it’s important to stay indoors and rest, recovery can also be a lonely time. Those who are going through addiction recovery often struggle with depression and feelings of isolation, which can make it difficult to feel like they belong in the world or even their own home. 

Getting outside can be beneficial for those in addiction recovery. The benefits of getting outside are well-documented, but they’re especially important if you are dealing with mental health issues or substance use disorder (SUD). Being in nature can help people feel more relaxed and at peace with themselves, which can lead to improved moods and healthier relationships.

Being outside is an easy way to make time for yourself while still doing something productive that will benefit your overall health and well-being. Still, it’s important not to overdo it. Too much self-care can cause guilt or resentment toward others who don’t take enough time for themselves – and that isn’t good either! Finding the right balance between self-care and self-compassion is essential when working towards recovery from addiction or other mental illnesses like depression or anxiety.

Fortunately for us all, nature provides an easy way to connect with others and the world around us! You don’t have to go far before you find yourself surrounded by beauty: parks, lakeshores, and trails offer opportunities for reconnecting with nature at any time of year. If you have never taken the time to enjoy some of the beautiful nature around you, take a moment today. Take just one moment to go outside and see what nature has to offer. 

Using Nature to Deal With Your Emotions

Getting outside can help people in recovery learn how to deal with their emotions in a healthy way. For example, someone who wants to be more present and aware of their feelings may take walks around the block every day. This will give them time to reflect on what they are experiencing rather than being distracted by technology or other activities that keep them from being fully present with themselves.

Another important aspect of getting outside is learning how to manage negative feelings like anger and sadness, which often come up for people in recovery when they are dealing with addiction-related issues such as trauma or loss. When we feel these things, it’s important not only for us as individuals but also for our relationships with others to find healthy ways of managing those emotions. That way, our emotions don’t get out of control or cause problems between us and other people around us.

Whether you’re looking for a way to reconnect with your body or just want to get outside more often, engaging in nature can provide a variety of benefits for your health and well-being. If you think this could be beneficial for your recovery, consider taking part in some outside activities this spring. At Buena Vista, we encourage outdoor activities as part of your individualized treatment plan. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction, we would love to connect with you and help you or them as they embark on their treatment and recovery journey. You don’t have to do this alone! Give us a call for more information and support today at (480) 741-9414 or complete an insurance form.