The weather is finally warming up.
I think that spring is FINALLY here. Now there is even more of an
incentive to get outside and enjoy the view. Read on:
Depressed? Go Green!
OR Take a walk on the green side!
It is estimated that 10% or 27 million Americans are on antidepressants. The
good news is that they can be very effective particularly for severe
depression. They also can be helpful for mild to moderate depression. The
other thing that has been found to help mild to moderate depression is exercise.
Thirty minutes or more a day three to five days a week can make a big
difference. Exercise boosts endorphins, which improves mood. It also increases
body temperature, which can have a calming effect. It can improve anxiety and
boost self-esteem. If you exercise outside there is even greater potential
In fact, a recently released study has found that exercising in the great
outdoors for just 5 minutes a day can improve mood and self-esteem. Outdoor
activities included gardening, walking, bicycling and farming.
I find it fascinating that as we have become more of an indoor-based society and
have gotten away from working outdoors, depression has risen precipitously.
Maybe the results of this study are reflecting exactly that. I think it is
important that all of us evaluate our activity level, our relationship with the
out of doors and think about reconnecting with our roots....like the ones in the
ground. Maybe many of us would be able to get off some of the antidepressant