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Nature As Antidepressant

Updated: Dec 22, 2018




It’s no secret that getting into nature has multiple health benefits, and is especially good for relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety. Living in Chicago, finding places to commune with greenery may seem impossible during the winter. The good news is, there are several places to enjoy the serenity, and naturally meditative effects of nature in every season. Here are 5 tips for getting a dose of nature in the city:


1. Dress for the weather, and take a walk through one of the many Chicago public parks. Humboldt Park, Wicker Park, Grant Park, Lincoln Park, or any tree-filled park will be beautiful, especially after a snowfall, when the landscape is transformed. Keep using The 606 trail and notice the changes from other seasons.

2. Visit the Garfield Park and Lincoln Park Conservatories

3. Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Botanical Garden offer much to soothe you, even when the flowers are gone and the trees have shed their leaves.

4. Bring nature into your home using plants, flowers, stones, branches, and fountains. Open shades or curtains to let in natural light.

5. Stop in at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and look for special events, like the release of butterflies, or Butterfly Haven Yoga


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