A Dose of Nature is Just What the Doctor Ordered…

Modern life can leave us feeling stressed, lonely and depressed, but the solutions are sometimes surprisingly simple.
A study completed in 2016 found that visiting a park for at least 30 minutes a week could significantly reduce the risk of depressionScientists in Australia found further evidence of what researchers have been saying for years. Connecting with nature enhances your physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

Getting out into nature is one of the top 5 things I feel helped me in conquering my depression naturally.  It’s actually documented that contact with green spaces can increase our levels of joy. Whether it’s a fabulous waterfall, a display at the botanical gardens or a simple flower bed outside of our home, we can all appreciate the beauty in our surroundings.

Spending time in parks has been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension and heart disease. Being outdoors can motivate you to be more physically active and in turn, can help you lose weight and sleep better. 

Parks bring people together. Whether people are watching or just flying a kite, we can share positive experiences with others.  At the park, we can work out, eat lunch, attend local events, practice meditation or give back to nature by volunteering to clean up space.  Some parks allow us to join in the gardening of the space. Others have places where we can swim. We can observe wildlife or bring our canine companions to walk and play with.  At night we can just take in the wonders of the Universe as we gaze at the stars.

A change in the environment can help balance our emotions and feelings of depression.  Increasing exposure to green spaces may be all you need to lift your spirits and increase your level of activity.  

Love and Light to you all!


Written by Dawn-Marie on 14 Sept 2019



Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass, President of Livelihood Spirit Balance is a Stress Management Maven. She’s a Stress and Anxiety Expert for Middle Managers. She started her career in Corporate America while she was in high school and worked her way up the ranks finding herself in middle to upper management for most of her corporate career. She loved what she did but along the way she battled stress, anxiety and depression. When work and life were more than she could handle she planned her suicide in detail. Fortunately, she didn’t go through with it when she saw her 2 little boys on her way to get a knife with a plan to end it all. It was in that moment that she vowed to pull herself together and begin a new journey.

In 2015 she started her own business called Life Coach DM. After several years of working with clients, she realized that the majority of her clients were in middle management just like she was. She had helped most go from being stressed, anxious and / or depressed to being more balanced, aware and dynamic while guiding them on their own journey to achieve life goals including work life balance.

Dawn-Marie has since become a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and teaches individuals how they too can annihilate the stress, anxiety and depression (aka S.A.D) that middle managers and working parents can face through a process called equilibration (the balancing of the mind and emotions) along with the healing benefits a deep connection to nature (both indoors and out) can bring to become fully balanced, aware and dynamic (aka B.A.D).

Through her own practice, Dawn-Marie discovered what she calls Livelihood Spirit Balance where how one lives their life is in alignment with their authentic self, their B.A.D Ass-self. With Livelihood Spirit Balance, Work Life Balance and everything else just falls into place.

Based on her years of work and client success stories, Dawn-Marie changed her business name to Livelihood Spirit Balance to align with her teachings, mission, vision and purpose.

Dawn-Marie offers online courses, personal and corporate development coaching, workshops and seminars. As the owner of Total Convalescence – Nature & Forest Therapy she also offers public and private Nature & Forest Therapy Walks.

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