Nature was her doctor’s prescription. The noise of all the chatter in Jocelyn’s life, all the pressures, all the stresses, and all the expectations have taken a toll on her health and well-being. Discover how she is transformed by the movement she experiences in her stillness and learns how to TakeCare through nature.
Jonathan Halperin, Mark Mannucci
Director of Photography
Sound Design & Mix
Willie Elias for Trailblazer Studios
Animation & After Effects Artist
Post Production Supervisor for Actual Films
Time spent in nature has real implications for our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. As Dr. Robert Zarr says in the film, hundreds of studies have shown that spending time in nature can improve our health. For example, being in nature can reduce cortisol levels, which relieves stress and improves your mood.
For Jocelyn, something as simple as lounging in a hammock in her father’s back yard brought her peace. After spending just an hour a week in nature, Jocelyn experienced fewer headaches and her chest pains went away. It doesn’t require a lot of time or an exotic destination to feel the benefits that nature can provide. All it takes is one step outside.
Go outside, look around you, engage all of your senses, embrace nature’s awesome power, and allow it to embrace you back.
David Victorson, PhD
A licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences in the Feinberg School of Medicine, at Northwestern University. He is also the Director of Integrative Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center's Survivorship Institute and Founder and Director of True North Treks, a young adult cancer support nonprofit that harnesses the big medicine of nature to help survivors and caregivers find direction through connection.
We need to dispel the notion that a nature connection must be a week in the woods. It can easily be an hour in your backyard.David Victorson, PhD
Q: What is the most powerful takeaway from this film?
A: An important message is that for just about anyone, anywhere, nature can be readily accessible in some way, shape, or form. Often when people hear that we have to connect with nature, they imagine a grand escape; but what this film beautifully and elegantly captures is that Jocelyn’s escape is simply in her backyard, in a hammock. It doesn’t have to be the Grand Canyon or the Big Sky of Montana. It can be as simple as walking out of your house into your back yard.
Q: How can this film help others find a connection to nature, like Jocelyn?
A: A simple, everyday activity can connect us with the outside world. Nature can mean so many things. Even stepping onto your porch or front steps is one small way to connect with the healing power of nature.
Once outside, not only do people begin to put their roots in and connect directly, they also open up new opportunities for physical activity, social connection, and self-connection and introspection. In this current environment, just being outside of your house not only lets you connect with the earth in a non-synthetic environment, but it also frees you up to move and provides opportunities to say hello to people who are walking across the street. It’s a gateway to many health benefits.
Q: What are some ways you connect with nature?
A: Every night I take my golden retriever out into our front yard in the dark, under the stars. It is a special time for me because there’s no one else out. It’s quiet and it brings me that basic, simple connection. There are so many things nowadays that are transactional, but we don’t need to make this experience transactional to obtain a health benefit. It’s good enough simply to be in nature just because it pleases us. Maybe spending time in the backyard doesn’t prevent heart disease, but it’s time spent that can help bring a sense of calm and well-being so we can better face whatever challenges we have in our lives.
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