Nature with Dr. Stacy Beller Stryer & Amanda d'Almeida
"Nature prescriptions aren't just for patients; they're for colleagues, friends, all of us." —Dr. Stacy Beller Stryer
Nature is all around us; we can experience it every day, in little ways
Nature doesn't have to be this absolutely pristine setting we visit on special occasions, or that we only experience once in a lifetime (think of Yosemite, Grand Teton, Niagara Falls). Nature is anything that is green, brown, or red in a natural setting - it could be a garden in your backyard or a birdfeeder; it could be a park a mile away or a walking area that you see in your neighborhood.
Nature Prescriptions are unique to each individual, and they are designed with one's particular circumstance or environment in mind
A Nature Prescription is a specific place or activity that each individual patient will do at a specific time, a specific number of days a week.
Just like traditional medical prescriptions, these are to be followed up on to assess their effectiveness and the need for adjustment.
There are proven benefits of nature for our health and well-being
Studies have demonstrated that blood pressure and cortisol levels decreased, and heart rate variability improved after periods of immersing oneself in a natural setting.
Research participants have reported lower levels of stress, improved mood, and an enhanced sense of overall well-being with as little as 20-30 minutes of being outside.
We all have a part to play in protecting our natural environment
Spending more time in nature can help us feel more connected to the environment and become better advocates for environmental justice and sustainability.
Environmental justice isn't just about being stewards of our environment and protecting the planet; it also includes increasing safety and access to nature for everyone especially those who live in minoritized communities.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative by Florence Williams
Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv
The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Village by Richard Louv
What do you define as nature?
What would your personal nature prescription entail?
If you could carry a piece of nature with you everywhere, what would it be?
Where in nature do you feel most at peace? most alive? most at home?
GOAL: Think about your current environment and come up with a nature prescription for yourself. Where would you go? What would you do there? How often and for how long? If you made this a routine, how do you think your health will be impacted in the long run?