Here’s your monthly dose of Parkscription’s articles and information:
I’ve found exercise to be especially helpful when I’m feeling down. A wide body of research shows that exercise is effective at treating both anxiety and depression. This is important since depression can be triggered by anxiety.
One of the reasons, nature is so beneficial is that it allows us to feel more present in our own bodies. We tend to experience nature with our senses, drinking in sights, sounds and smells, feeling the earth on our feet and the breeze on our face.
But instead of doing this work in a fluorescent-lit treatment facility, DeBois takes the teens into the Utah high desert, where they learn ways to defeat unproductive emotional and psychological patterns while camping and hiking in a stunning landscape of mountains, pine trees and juniper bushes.
Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hascom
In this important book, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children’s cognitive development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adult.
Here is a list of some of Washington State’s Parks. These gems provide great day or overnight adventures for everyone! Hope to see you out there.
Jane is our Program Manager for Parkscriptions and is currently studying Environmental Psychology at Western Washington University. She just came back from a year abroad in Tasmania, Australia, but now you can find her out climbing, biking, skiing or running anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in the great state of Washington, Jane wants to help people get outside and enjoy all this place has to offer!