Finding calm: The therapeutic power of nature for anxiety

Do you feel overwhelmed by the constant barrage of stimuli, responsibilities, and expectations? Even those who don’t have anxiety find themselves treading water with the expectations of society. When you feel anxious, these daily stressors can exacerbate feelings of unease, worry, and tension, making it challenging to find moments of peace amidst the chaos.


For centuries, poets, philosophers, and healers alike have soaked up the restorative benefits of nature. Whether it's a leisurely stroll through a forest, a quiet moment by the ocean, or simply basking in the warmth of the sun, nature has a unique ability to soothe the mind, calm the body, and restore a sense of equilibrium.

One of the most remarkable aspects of nature's therapeutic power is its ability to engage the senses in a way that promotes mindfulness and presence. When immersed in natural surroundings, we're invited to observe the intricate patterns of leaves dancing in the wind, listen to the soothing symphony of birdsong, and feel the cool touch of water against our skin. These sensory experiences anchor us in the present moment, grounding us in a reality that extends beyond the worries and anxieties of our daily lives.

Moreover, nature provides a welcome respite from the constant stimulation of screens and technology that increases anxiety levels. In natural environments, the beauty and wonder of the world around us becomes an easy priority, above the incessant notifications and alerts that demand our immediate attention. This break from digital distractions allows our minds to rest and recharge, fostering a sense of calm and clarity that can alleviate feelings of anxiety and overwhelm.

Scientific research supports the notion that spending time in nature has profound mental health benefits, particularly for individuals struggling with anxiety. Studies show exposure to natural environments reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, while simultaneously boosting mood and cognitive function. In fact, research conducted at Stanford University found that individuals who took a 90-minute walk in nature decreased activity in the brain regions associated with rumination, a key component of anxiety.

Furthermore, the restorative effects of nature extend beyond the immediate moment, with regular exposure to natural environments, correlating with long-term improvements in mental well-being. Whether it's a weekly hike in the mountains, a daily meditation in the park, or simply cultivating a small garden at home, incorporating nature into our daily routines can have profound and lasting benefits for anxiety management.

Of course, harnessing the therapeutic power of nature for anxiety doesn't always require grand gestures or elaborate excursions. Even small, simple acts of connection with the natural world can make a meaningful difference in our mental health and well-being. Whether it's sipping a cup of tea on the porch as the sun rises, taking a mindful walk around the block during lunch break, or gazing up at the stars on a clear night, finding moments of nature-inspired tranquillity in your daily life can help develop a sense of inner peace and resilience in the face of anxiety.

Nature is a wonderful friend, of which you are part, in the ongoing quest for improvements in mental health and well-being. Its restorative power to soothe the mind, calm the body, and restore equilibrium is unmatched, offering solace and sanctuary in even the most turbulent of times. By embracing the therapeutic potential of nature and incorporating its healing presence into your life, you can find moments of calm amidst the chaos, and reclaim peace and tranquillity in an anxious world.

If you find yourself unable to get outside your four walls to step into the natural world, you have a mind hack that will help. Your brain cannot differentiate between real and imagined experiences. When you use hypnosis to imagine yourself immersed in the natural world, your brain will react as if you are there.

Picture yourself reclining on a sun-dappled forest floor, surrounded by the gentle rustle of leaves and the melodious chirping of birds overhead, for example. As you sink into a state of internal focus, you may find profound peace and tranquillity, untethered from the burdens of anxiety and stress.

There is a strong connection between nature and hypnotherapy. Nature provides a serene and nurturing backdrop for the hypnotic journey, enhancing feelings of safety, comfort, and connection. Meanwhile, hypnotherapy offers a gateway to your mind, where profound healing and transformation can take place.

Research supports the efficacy of combining hypnotherapy with nature-based interventions for anxiety relief. Studies show that immersion in natural environments can enhance the effectiveness of hypnosis, leading to greater reductions in anxiety symptoms and improved overall well-being. By using the restorative power of nature and the transformative potential of hypnotherapy together, you can experience profound shifts in your anxiety levels.


Bratman GN, Hamilton JP, Hahn KS, Daily GC, Gross JJ. Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jul 14;112(28):8567-72. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1510459112. Epub 2015 Jun 29. PMID: 26124129; PMCID: PMC4507237.

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Written by Juliet Hollingsworth, MSc
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Juliet is a trauma-informed therapist. Her passion is helping people reach their potential through a combination of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and transpersonal psychology.

Juliet works online and face-to-face with clients across the world. (DHP Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy. MSc Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal psychology.)

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