In her book The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us, Emma Mitchell talks about her extensive experience with depression over 25 years, and how she used nature to find solace and gradually improve her mood. Starting with walks in the beautiful Cambridgeshire Fens landscape surrounding her house, Emma takes one day at a time to relearn her appreciation of the beauty in nature. By taking up photography and drawing, Emma forges a personal connection with this beauty, as well as actively developing a personal skill. The book’s pages are full of these drawings, and one can’t help but be inspired to seek out similar beauty throughout all of the diverse scenery in our own lives. For people with depression who have always felt personal connections with nature, The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us may provide some illuminating coping mechanisms.
Emma Mitchell writes about her personal struggle with depression for 25 years. She began taking walks all over her new neighborhood in the countryside, taking photos, drawing, and collecting.
Every single walk she took made her feel happy and helped her mood. She felt it to be even more effective than therapy or medication. Emma speaks about her journey on her walks, and includes the trails she took around her cottage. She talks about how her reconnection with nature saved her, and says that this may be a solution to biggest mental health epidemics we have today.
Emma dives into scientific evidence behind seasonal changes, their effects on mood, and the benefits one can see by exploring the outdoors.