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Counseling & Psychotherapy Services - Monica King ACSW

2155 Jackson Rd. #1 ~ Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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One simple way to Lower your Stress level - Nature Connection

Posted on September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM
"Interaction with Nature is critically important to human well-being and development, but sadly has become compromised and diminished in modern times.  Through deliberate design, this connection can be repaired and restored."   Kellert in Building for Life

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Modern life has truly disconnected many of us from Nature.  So it makes sense that the number of stress-related disability claims by American employees has doubled according to the Employee Assistance Professionals Association in Arlington, Virginia.

Some professionals along with the American Institute of Stress would say that from 75 to 90% of all doctor's visits are physical illnesses related to stress....and, according to the American Institute of Stress, the cost to industry has been estimated at $200 billion-$300 billion a year..

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Some stress related health problems that are commonly reported include: 

  • high blood pressure 
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • cancer
  • depression
  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • abusive behavior
  • memory loss

But one simple stress reducer is spending more time outside particularly in nature rich areas.  So, go for a walk at your local park, or go bicycling there.  Tree hugging has a positive effect on your stress level and on your psychological and physical well being.  Better yet, taking a vacation to some place where nature is clearly in abundance and you get to play in the great outdoors can revive you emotionally, spiritually and physically.
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Even if you're stuck indoors we know that plants have a positive effect on your wellbeing.  So do pets.  Walking the dog in a tree lined neighborhood might be even better.  ~ Meanwhile, be sure to say hi to the neighbors!


Watch this wonderful video of Jon Young talking about the importance of Nature Connection 

Categories: career counseling, counseling ann arbor, depression & anxiety treatment, eco-therapy, entrepreneur, green job, lifestyle changes, Nature Connection work, new economy, permaculture, regenerative landscaping

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Reply Amma Center
12:57 PM on September 16, 2011 
Seminars and Training in Amma Center of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Subject Title: Permaculture, Soil Food Web and Holistic Land Management Seminar (Free), September 17, 2011
Permaculture, Soil Food Web and Holistic Land Management at the Amma Center of Michigan – September 17, 2011 (11AM – 1PM) By Rema Devi
Amma Center of Michigan, 4201 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Rema Devi is a resident of the MA Center, a non-profit spiritual center comprising more than 350 acres in San Ramon, California and the coordinator of the team at the MA Center in the Permaculture project. The MA Center adopted Permaculture under the guidance of Geoff Lawton, Director of Permaculture institute of Australia and the Soil Food Web practices under the guidance of Dr. Elaine Ingham both world famous experts. More recently, the MA Center has studied the Savory Institute’s Holistic land management practices.
Join Rema Devi as she discusses the implementation of permaculture and the soil food web in their 500 tree apple orchard. Their learning cycles in design of swales, Key Line ploughing, companion plantings and the use of the permaculture design principles. Learn how they amend the soil using compost tea and extract and use other organic methods including the use of Kaolin Clay.
The MA Center is in a hilly terrain without much annual rain fall. This gives them challenges that they hope to tackle using some of the principles of Holistic Land Management practices. Join Rema on their exciting journey illustrated with slides
Also join us for a walk through the Apple Orchard using Permaculture design and soil food web techniques in the 54 acres at the Amma Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan including Q and A.
Permaculture, Soil Food Web and Holistic Land Management at the Amma Center in Michigan – September 17, 2011 (11AM – 1PM)
Agenda:
1 hour lecture on using Permaculture design, Soil Food Web, and Holistic Land Management practices
1 hour walkthrough of the property and Q and A
For questions, please contact Chad Kymal at [email protected] You can reach Chad at (734) 604-6552 on Saturday, September 17th. Prior to Saturday, you can reach Kathy Brownston at (734) 761-4940 Ext. 204.
Reply Monica King LMSW ACSW
4:31 PM on September 16, 2011 
Amma Center says...
Seminars and Training in Amma Center of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Subject Title: Permaculture, Soil Food Web and Holistic Land Management Seminar (Free), September 17, 2011
Permaculture, Soil Food Web and Holistic Land Management at the Amma Center of Michigan – September 17, 2011 (11AM – 1PM) By Rema Devi
Amma Center of Michigan, 4201 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Rema Devi is a resident of the MA Center, a non-profit spiritual center comprising more than 350 acres in San Ramon, California and the coordinator of the team at the MA Center in the Permaculture project. The MA Center adopted Permaculture under the guidance of Geoff Lawton, Director of Permaculture institute of Australia and the Soil Food Web practices under the guidance of Dr. Elaine Ingham both world famous experts. More recently, the MA Center has studied the Savory Institute’s Holistic land management practices.
Join Rema Devi as she discusses the implementation of permaculture and the soil food web in their 500 tree apple orchard. Their learning cycles in design of swales, Key Line ploughing, companion plantings and the use of the permaculture design principles. Learn how they amend the soil using compost tea and extract and use other organic methods including the use of Kaolin Clay.
The MA Center is in a hilly terrain without much annual rain fall. This gives them challenges that they hope to tackle using some of the principles of Holistic Land Management practices. Join Rema on their exciting journey illustrated with slides
Also join us for a walk through the Apple Orchard using Permaculture design and soil food web techniques in the 54 acres at the Amma Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan including Q and A.
Permaculture, Soil Food Web and Holistic Land Management at the Amma Center in Michigan – September 17, 2011 (11AM – 1PM)
Agenda:
1 hour lecture on using Permaculture design, Soil Food Web, and Holistic Land Management practices
1 hour walkthrough of the property and Q and A
For questions, please contact Chad Kymal at [email protected] You can reach Chad at (734) 604-6552 on Saturday, September 17th. Prior to Saturday, you can reach Kathy Brownston at (734) 761-4940 Ext. 204.

Looks wonderful, sorry to not be able to make this! Are you doing something similar (permaculture application) at the Ann Arbor center? This would be good to ad to Southeastern Permaculture Guild (ning site) Also - wondering how you found my blog?
Best ~ Monica
Reply Phenocal
9:36 AM on May 28, 2012 
That was a nice idea to reduce stress. I will surely try it.
Reply Monica
8:33 PM on June 20, 2012 
Phenocal says...
That was a nice idea to reduce stress. I will surely try it.

Glad you liked - definitely is all healthy and works too ; ) Thanks for reading my blog and sharing your thoughts!
Reply Brad Pierpont
3:39 PM on January 13, 2013 
About "One simple way to Lower your Stress level - Nature Connection" which you have come to post here is really informative for all of us to remove stress. Thanks a lot mate for posting such kind of informative info. Keep it up.
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