Podcast: Using Nature to Improve Mental Health
We often hear about the healing qualities of nature. We’re told that connecting with nature is important, especially in this age where many people are tech connected during all waking hours. Sebastian Slovin believes this. In fact, he believes it so strongly that he became a developmental coach, now working with people to help them develop a stronger connection to nature, improve their well-being, and generally improve their lives. Listen in as he shares his story of why he chose this direction in life. He also speaks on how nature is important to mental health and why it’s so important for us.
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Nature & Mental Health Show Highlights:
“[My father] was just like this heroic figure in a lot of ways and he [took his life] at a point when I didn’t see any flaws in him… It was like losing my hero.” ~ Sebastian Slovin
[1:59] What happened to cause Sebastian to become more attuned to nature?
[5:15] How does nature combine with mental health?
[9:44] Why nature is so important to mental health.
[12:06] What is the proper balance between nature and tech?
[16:41] Nature and spiritualism.
About Our Guest
Sebastian Slovin grew up in the beach community of La Jolla, California, and spent much of his childhood in and around the ocean. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to travel extensively and experience many of the world’s great surf spots as a professional bodyboarder. Sebastian holds a BA in Environmental Policy from San Diego State University and an MA in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. He is the author of The Adventures of Enu and Ashes in the Ocean. Sebastian is also co-founder of Nature Unplugged, which focuses on cultivating healthy relationships with technology and reconnecting to nature.
About The Psych Central Show Hosts
Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for PsychCentral.com. He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join. To work with Gabe, please visit his website, gabehoward.com.
Vincent M. Wales is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at www.vincentmwales.com and www.dynamistress.com.
Central Podcast, T. (2018). Podcast: Using Nature to Improve Mental Health. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 4, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/podcast-using-nature-to-improve-mental-health/