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Be in Nature

A quiet breeze. Gentle birdsong. Rippling leaves and grass. The steady rhythm of the ocean ebbing and flowing onto the sand. For many of us, being in natural surroundings brings some sense of peace, as it calms the senses and fills the eyes with restful imagery. For some who are going through psychiatric drug withdrawal, spending time in nature may offer a special benefit, allowing the overstimulated nervous system a respite from the stressors of busier surroundings. 

If you find it beneficial, immersing yourself in nature as much as possible during the course of withdrawal might be a good way to nurture body and mind—whether it’s walking in a local park or greenway, strolling around a pond, wandering through a forest, or sitting by the ocean. While it may require some planning and time, you may well find that the effort more than pays off.

Understandably, for some people the withdrawal experience can impose its own limitations when it comes to mobility, or access to natural surroundings. If that’s the case, you might try bringing nature to you—for example, having some plants inside your home if you enjoy them. If you live in a quiet area, you might find a benefit to sitting outside on a porch or a deck or in a yard. There are also countless relaxation and meditation videos available online that incorporate the sights and sounds of nature.  Simply listening to a nature audio may have healing benefits as well.