Healing Your Troubled Teen: The Mystery Of Nature Therapy
The teenage years are perhaps the most memorable times in people's lives—sadly for some teens its for all the wrong reasons. The teenage phase is a bridge between childhood and adulthood where there’s a huge amount of growth and development. It’s in this phase where teens end up taking a specific direction as they develop permanent traits. For some teens, this is a very difficult period. New studies suggest that having “green time” helps teens focus. These findings are making people take notice and seem to extend to all human beings, not just teens. These studies have shown how green space helps mental acuity and dynamically increases awareness.
In understanding this idea of focus, it makes sense that some treatment centers are utilizing time in nature to focus on helping troubled teens. The vitamin D from the sun mixed with green space can be very helpful and effective for successful treatments no matter what the issue might be for a specific teen. Just a simple change of environment is therapeutic if it includes green space. Some say that a walk in the park, a hike, or even a nap out in the grass can improve depression, stress, and even ADD. Nature has a magical way of giving teens internal peace. By having a clear mind and focus troubled teens are able to think more clearly, ponder, and make better choices after spending time outdoors.
In nature, it’s quiet, and it helps teens listen to their own thoughts. Nature speaks back in unknown ways helping teens reflect within. Nature gives teens a sense of freedom in offering them open space for healing and a place to energize. For more about this study and how green space helps teens focus. Take a look at Richard Louv’s book titled, “Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.”