Wilderness Therapy

The Benefits of Wilderness Therapy

"It was unhurried and restful. Peaceful. I felt at times like a child seeing things for the first time. I was in awe. Sometimes we tend not to appreciate our own country."
     Wilderness Therapy is a method of rejuvenating the body and mind by exposing onesself to a remote and natural setting for an extended period of time. The senses return to their normal and natural state, the body takes in clean water without chlorine or flouride, the lungs enjoy clean and unrecycled air. The mind is put at ease absent the overstimulation of cell phones, televisions and computer screens. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2015 the average American spent 9 hours a day in front of a screen although it is widely recommended by most Physicians to not exceed 2 hours a day. 

     When human beings are put into large cities and offices where there is little natural light, overwhelming pollution, and general overcrowdedness, a systemic depression and neurological change takes place over time. Most people do not take steps to halt this negative change because it happens very gradually and the reason for being in the city usually overrides personal health concerns. In our modern and demanding society, it is essential to pay attention to ones own physical, mental and spiritual health. 

     It is sad to know that in America, despite spending more on healthcare than any other nation, Americans are in poorer health and die younger than most people in other high-income countries. A report by the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine in 2013 showed that this is due particularly to inadequate health care systems, unhealthy behaviors, social and economic factors, and metropolitan landscapes that encourage car use instead of other transportation. 

     Wilderness Therapy is a way of unplugging from the world temporarily in order to regain a renewed perspective on life amidst a stimulation free environment and a constant atmosphere of peace and serenity. Most people who seek out wilderness therapy cannot truly be told exactly what they will gain because they often do not have a life experience that is comparable to an Appalachian Trail Hike. The best way to understand the value of the trail is by reading the words of people whose lives have changed while gaining clarity in the wilderness. 
"You gain a new perspective on life and see what really matters."
"Going hiking is a natural high. It is you and the trail . . . all your problems are forgotten and one can use their body and feel all the muscles work in harmony."
"Even people you don't know, you meet them and you get to know them real well in the mountains, and then you never see them again. But for those few days, you know, you shared something in a really intimate way."
"You develop a personal enrichment especially if you encounter a situation in which you become frightened and overcome the obstacle of the situation. And finally, long after its done, even years later, you'll find your mind escaping and turning back to the journey and reliving the thrill and when you encounter a situation in life where you're afraid or unsure, the hiking experience often enables you to overcome it because you are inevitably more self-assured."
"Patience and understanding. Kindness and honesty."
"So much worry over stupid things in the world."
"It is better to try and fail, rather than to not try at all."