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Can a View of Nature Help You Fight Cravings?

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Everyone enjoys a great view, whether it be outside your home or from the balcony of a vacation rental.  Having beautiful scenery in the background of your life can lessen anxiety and elevate your mood. Recent research indicates benefits beyond the pleasant calming effect of a lush landscape, however, proving that proximity to green spaces may quell the severity of unhealthy cravings.  This information adds to existing knowledge regarding the positive mental health outcomes of exposure to a natural setting, and may help inform treatment center designs for those struggling with addiction.   Past research has looked at the various health benefits of nature, including the profound healing potential provided for those in addiction recovery.  One study found that physical activity in a natural environment could help reduce cravings for people with addictions, as well as for those attempting to improve their diets by avoiding certain foods.  While exercise has its own wide array of benefits, new research has found that simply being able to see plentiful plant life out your window can help keep cravings at bay. This knowledge has many implications for city planning from a public health perspective, and is also just one more reason to invest in the protection of our environment.   While being able to see the ocean or sprawling mountains from your window is a wonderful luxury, simply having access to a garden provides the craving-reducing benefits found in this study.  Many addiction recovery programs provide access to inpatient or sober-living facilities strategically built in natural settings. Those in recovery can also take proactive steps to prevent cravings by making time for nature walks and taking up outdoor hobbies such as gardening.  Changing your environment can have a profound impact on your ability to maintain sobriety and prevent relapse in early recovery.  

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, now is the time to reach out for help.  At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.