April 17, 2023

N - Nature to Beat Depression + BONUS


Mothers nurture. The biggest nurturer of them all is Mother Nature.

Nature is healing.

Sunlight is good for vitamin D. Fresh air is cleansing. Plants, flowers, and trees are not only beautiful but essential to living healthy lives—from providing necessary oxygen to giving us nutrients when we consume them, which keep us from becoming sick and weak.

When someone is dealing with depression, they often don’t want to leave the house and don’t consider the benefits of being around nature, but I found nature to be one of the best remedies to my depression.

During my worst depression, springtime came quickly. I’ve always enjoyed gardening, even just weeding and adding fresh mulch to my flower beds. Pulling weeds is actually quite symbolic. While I removed unwanted plants, I equated them as the things in my life that I did not want, that were not supposed to be there—the drama, the pain, the suffering, the depression. When we remove weeds from soil, we make that soil better, richer, giving flowers room to grow. Upon expunging the things in our lives we wish to be done with, we, in turn, become better, richer, and allow ourselves room to grow.

Being outside, with the sun warming my skin, I’d pull weed after weed, and each one I put in a pile rejuvenated me. I enjoyed seeing the dark soil becoming more and more visible without the weeds hiding it. I’d often pause, tip my head back to look around at the trees, at the sky, and breathe deeply. Wow. Nothing felt more amazing, made me feel more connected to the earth—when my depression had me feeling removed and lonely—than in those moments.

I’d often buy new, cheap plants for the small area in front of my house. Putting my hands in the soil, smelling the earthy scent, loosening the roots of the plants (much like loosening the knots within myself), and settling that plant in a fresh hole to take root and grow was also a symbolic act. At the same time, I was doing everything I could to prune, nurture, and plant beautiful and healthy thoughts in my mind—by reading, meditating, spending time with my nephews, enjoying nature, etc.

If you are suffering from depression, I encourage you to go out among nature.

- Pull weeds

- Lay out fresh mulch

- Dig your hands into soil

- Plant a tree, plants, and/or flowers

- Mow your lawn

- Visit a botanical garden

- Go to a park

- Take a hike or walk through the woods

- Sit on a shore and watch the waves roll in and out

- Play with golden sand, dig your feet into it

- Sit on a park bench to watch and listen to birds

- Pull out a chair, set it in your front yard, sidewalk, or driveway to enjoy the evening weather

- Take pictures of the sunset

- Lay out in your backyard to catch a few rays

- Read a book or write a journal entry on your porch/patio

- Take a walk around your neighborhood, a park, a pond, along the shore

Do anything that immerses you in nature. In return, you will get so much back. Try to do something that engages you in nature at least once a week. Treat it as an essential part of your schedule and recovery.



N - New Vida

New Vida is the setting of each Avrianna Heavenborn novella and is Avrianna's world. New Vida is lightyears away from Earth, but the two worlds are connected. A portal with one end located in the Grand Canyon on Earth and the other end in the center of the island of Aurora on New Vida is how these two planets from opposite sides of the universe are now known as Sister Planets.

There are seven islands on New Vida.

New Vida Islands:








Aurora is the island where Avrianna lives and works. It is the largest island, with the biggest population, and is the most-corrupt out of the others, which is precisely why Avrianna works there as a homicide detective; to do what she can for the innocent.

You can travel to New Vida by becoming a patron and reading Avrianna's stories.

New Vida—a world connected to Earth by fate and a mysterious portal in the Grand Canyon.

A world on the brink of destruction thanks to Earth’s ugly influence.

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  1. You're so right about wanting to stay in the house when you're depressed. I found that going on lots of walks and working out in my yard like you do is great for lifting me out of a depressed funk.

  2. I totally agree! Nature rocks!


  3. This is such good advice! I have a garden that definitely needs weeding, to I will try to turn it into an uplifting experience.

  4. Sorry for your loss. Lots of useful information on your posts. Thanks for your visit to my blog.

  5. How did you come up with the names for the islands on New Vida? Curious. :) Stopping by from #AtoZ

    1. I don't remember now. I think I just pondered interesting, pretty, and/or strong names. :)

  6. It's good to get out when you're feeling down. Getting yourself to get out is the tricky part.

    1. Yes, that is the tricky part. One step a time until your outside, even if it's to just sit down on the front step.

  7. Jamie (jannghi.blogspot.com):
    I have been undergoing depression treatment, and am a peer mentor for our county's behavioral health activity center. Been attending for nine years and working for seven.
    I try got outside once in a while, though I'm not much of an outdoor person. Just long enough to get some needed air.

    1. Being outside even for a moment can help quite a bit.