Elizabeth Arnott

Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder is not a formal diagnosis, but a way to describe the psychological, physical and cognitive costs of human alienation from nature, and part of our recovery is to detox from our urban culture, eat consciously, and enjoy nature.

Take time out of your day to just stop and enjoy the beauty of the nature that is around you.  Even if you live in a busy city, there are always trees, parks, flowers, birds ... just stop for a moment to gaze at the beautiful sky, an amazing sunset .......

Once a week, take a nature break - walk in a place that is close to nature, where maybe you can sit on the grass, lean with your back to a tree, just to stop and stare, open your eyes to the beauty you can find round you, open your ears to bird song.  If you are lucky enough to be close to the ocean, drink in the ozone air, sit quietly and relax to the sound of the waves.  If you need an excuse, take the dog for a walk.  If you don't have a dog, offer to take a friend's dog. 

I found an interesting article in the NYT on Nature Deficit Disorder that you might like to read by Timothy Egan. Click here for the link

Detox yourself from urban life by connecting with your roots, with nature.  And, of course, by healthy eating.  For inspiringly delicious detox recipes, click here for details of my detox recipes for every occasion.

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