Each year, we plan a day at Sandy Point State Park
for our residents. This started as a suggestion from residents a few years ago who said they wanted to take a trip to the beach. This summer, thanks to the support from our donors, our men were able to visit Sandy Point State Park again and enjoy a fabulous day outdoors.
The men enjoyed activities such as swimming, fishing, corn hole, cards, and good food prepared by our amazing kitchen staff. Being outside at the beach or park has numerous benefits for our men in recovery. While outdoors, they engage in activities that help reduce stress, improve their sleep, boost vitamin D and serotonin, and improve cognitive functioning. Various studies have shown that spending time outdoors can address symptoms of anxiety and depression by experiencing different sights and sounds in nature. Also, a change in scenery is crucial for maintaining good mental health. Improved mental health improves cognitive functioning which in turn can help with focus and problem-solving skills.
This year, a few of our board members and non-clinical staff were able to join in the fun. Incorporating outdoor activities into our resident’s schedules improves their overall physical and mental health and result in an enjoyable day in nature.