One Simple Way To Improve Your Mental Health

Updated: Aug 13

It's the little things that can go a long way.


One significant gesture will not be the difference for most things in life. Solutions to most problems require putting different puzzle pieces together. Therapist Alex Gonzalez has one of those pieces. One step he recommends you take on your mental health journey, simply go outside.


“Sit outside and just feel the breeze,” said Alex. “Just really enjoy that type of moment and turn off your phone.”

So, how does going outside help?

It’s a long list. But, some of the benefits of taking in nature include:

  • Reduced feelings of stress and anger

  • Reduced loneliness

  • Improved confidence

  • Become more physically active

  • Reduced blood pressure

  • Increased production of endorphins, which boosts your mood

When you go outside, try to go somewhere surrounded by nature. The Rockford Park District has paths all around the city. From the Rock River Rec Path, to the Perryville Path on the east side of town, or visit Searls Park and Shorewood Park on the west side.

The forest preserves are also hidden gems worth checking out as well.

“Pay attention to where you are… just take a few minutes and zone out.”

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