It’s America, we all want things yesterday. Especially when it comes to our health, whether that is mental or physical. We look for the quickest way to get better, and we are convinced that way is to take a pill. That’s what Big Pharma is for, right? To help us get better faster? (Yeah, maybe that isn’t their goal).
What if I told you there was a scientifically proven way to beat depression that did not involve an anti-depressant? What if I told you you wouldn’t incur any additional costs above and beyond your current therapy (which everyone with depression should be doing whether you are taking meds or not).
Drum roll please…..
The answer is walking. Yes, you walk every day, it hasn’t made you feel any better so far. But when you combine it with your talk therapy sessions there is a synergy. Since I know you want the information as quickly as possible here you go:
Anti-depressants take about 4 weeks to kick in. If you have the right one for your body chemistry. Research has shown that walking out in nature can immediately lift your mood.
Side effects with meds can include sleep issues, sexual issues and weight gain. None of those with walking.
Being out side in nature increases endorphin production and more oxygen can lead to more serotonin (which is involved in regulating anxiety, happiness, and mood).
Studies have shown that combining talk therapy with walking in nature gives you quicker relief from depression and anxiety.
So, think of the park as the office. Equate the forward movement of walking with the forward movement of your therapy. Look forward to your therapy sessions, and benefiting your health will be like a walk in the park.
For more info:
On walking www.everybodywalk.org
On research: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/12/1/106/pdf
YouTube videos: https://youtu.be/6OOCR5uNp7s