The summer months can be a tough time for someone struggling with an eating disorder and/or a co-occurring disorder, whether they are in a treatment program, post-treatment or have not yet sought help.

This time of the year is packed full of events and activities. At The Bella Vita, we want to remind you that summertime is the perfect time to take a break from your busy schedule and enjoy the outdoors.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
– John Lubbock

 

Tip #3: Restorative Adventures

Go outside and play!  Studies show that nature can positively affect your mental health.  Dr. David Strayer, a cognitive psychologist from the University of Utah, theorizes that “being in nature allows the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s command center, to dial down and rest…” (Williams, 2017).  Just like muscles, the brain needs time to rest in order to heal, so give your brain a break and enjoy the outdoors.  Nature can be restorative, by providing “a respite for our overactive minds, refreshing us for new tasks” (Larson & Kreitzer, 2017).

Here are a few adventurous ideas:

  • Visit your local farmer’s market
  • Go for a walk on the beach
  • Ride a bike
  • Learn how to surf
  • Lace up your rollerblades
  • Go for a swim
  • Take a hike
  • Visit a botanical garden
  • Say “Hi” the animals at your local zoo
  • Stargaze at night
  • Pack a picnic
  • Plant a garden
  • Fly a kite
  • Have a bonfire with friends
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter

The possibilities are endless! So as you continue to delve into summer, remember to spend time outdoors.

 

References:
Williams, F. (2017). This is Your Brain on Nature. Retrieved June 6, 2017 from http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/01/call-to-wild/Larson, J., & Kreitzer, M. (2017). How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing? Retrieved on June 6, 2017 from https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing


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If you know someone who is struggling with an eating disorder, or know someone that you may think has disordered eating, The Bella Vita is here to help you. The Bella Vita offers treatment for men, women, adults and adolescents struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and disordered eating. For more information on our programs or services, please contact us.

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