Wilderness Therapy: Burn to learn, feel better, and thrive

A Wilderness Therapy Program’s Affect On Teen Perspective and Well-being

When students arrive in wilderness therapy they begin a process of discovery about who they are and what they are capable of. Their bodies begin to align with the cycle of the sun leading to improved amounts and quality of sleep. They begin to eat better, adapting to foods that are nutrient dense and largely plant based. And they move…a lot. Whether it’s tossing a Frisbee in the field outside our main office at Trails or backpacking several miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains over the course of an expedition, it is impossible for students to ignore the positive effects of exercise.

Activity in Wilderness Therapy

Research shows mood-enhancement within five minutes of beginning activity. And over longer periods of time, consistent activity has been proven effective in reducing depression and anxiety. When you consider this along with the knowledge that if one member of a family is depressed or anxious it is likely others may be as well, you have the perfect argument for whole families to engage in activity.
It is easy to students and families to leave wilderness therapy and become distracted by the needs of the day with school, sports, or even a family therapy session squeezed in before dinner. Even with well constructed transition plans that support family activity, it may become lost in the fray. This is especially true when we approach busy fall and winter seasons with big holidays and breaks in routine. So, here, in celebration of beautiful fall weather and the impending holiday season are a few ideas for staying active as a family for better mood, communication, grades, and fitness.

  • Sign up for a local race. This time of year there are tons of “turkey trots” and “resolution runs” to be enjoyed whether you walk or run.
  • Step it up with a healthy competition. Pedometers are cheap and easy to come by. Whoever walks the most steps in a day is off the hook for dishes.
  • Inspire each other from a distance by sharing discoveries from morning walks or athletic events in letters, phone calls, or texts.
  • Challenge family members to fun, low key physical pursuits by organizing a group hike while together for holiday visits

What works for you and your family?

Trails Wilderness Therapy Program

If you are searching for the right wilderness therapy program for your teenage son or daughter, please call us at 1-800-975-7303 to speak with an admissions person.
Additional resources:
http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/12/exercise.aspx
http://www.letsmove.gov/

Posted in
Avatar of Francis Van de Beuken

Francis Van de Beuken

Get started today

Contact us today to learn how Trails Carolina can help your family

Contact Us LP

Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022

 

Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022

 

Depression And Anxiety Are More Common Than You Think

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. It is common for someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression and vice versa. The number of children and adolescents that struggle with anxiety and/or depression has increased over time. According to a report from 2011-2012, more than 1…
Mental Health New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Mental Health Resolutions for 2022

Traditionally the start of the new year is a time for adjustments and goal setting. We reflect on what we didn’t like about the previous year and optimistically make plans for bettering ourselves for the next. This time is ideal for incorporating these new year’s resolutions into one’s personal life. Most people focus on their…

Exercise and Mental Health

  Not every person can tolerate modern psychotropic medications intended to treat many of these psychological conditions. At least 20% of people cannot tolerate medications for allergies or other reasons. Because of that, finding alternative solutions that can be adjusted to personal treatment plans is important. Exercise has many health benefits for both mind and…
trails carolina reviews

Trails Carolina’s wilderness camps for troubled teens are dedicated to helping teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.