Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Using The Light and Beauty In Nature To Help You Lose Weight, and Beat Depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Julie Griffin

Have you noticed that when you spend time in nature that you are feeling healthier, more spiritually connected, and less hungry? Many think that our bodies, minds, and spirits all feed on and are actually nourished by these natural elements. Nature is God's tranquilizer, anti-depressant, and weight reduction supplement.

If you've been feeling stressed, ask yourself when was the last time that you spent enjoying nature? Communing with nature is something that you can do each day to feel better, even in the coldest months. Many of us tend to go into a cocoon mind-set once it starts getting cold, but even in winter, there's still much beauty to experience.

For those who don't like the cold, sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed from behind the window of a warm car or from a windows of your home. Stargazing on a clear winter night will offer you an impressive view and spark your imagination. Looking on the stars and moon will also help you to wind down for a peaceful night's sleep.

For anyone involved in weight loss, or looking to realize stress relief, the advantages of nature on the psyche are several. The more you surround yourself in nature's beauty, the more relaxed and cheerful you will feel. Pursuits like skiing, snowmobiling, and ice-skating are popular because they leave participants feeling great. If you are not into winter sports, getting dressed warmly and taking walks in the winter will help you to lose weight, to chill, and to shrug off the blues.

For those that experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, passing time outside in winter during daylight hours will work miracles to revive your cheerful mindset. The benefits of light and nature are also put to work in hypnosis which is partially why hypnosis is so helpful in fighting depression and such a great weight loss aid. Good hypnosis programs are typically full of relaxing, beautiful natural scenes that work through the power of your imagination and subconscious mind. For those that really cannot get outside enough, a hypnosis mp3 might be the best alternative to being there.

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