Nature Provides Elevated Self-Esteem and Healing

March 12, 2024 Sean Gunderson

I've found that nature provides greater self-esteem. Self-esteem is a delicate yet pivotal aspect of one's wellbeing, particularly for those navigating the challenges of mental health. In my personal journey, I have found that nature is a sanctuary that extends a comforting hand toward healing and heightened self-esteem. 

Nature's Impact on Self-Esteem

Where I live, I am fortunate enough to be able to regularly connect with nature. As I walk through serene natural landscapes, an inexplicable sense of tranquility washes over me. The sheer simplicity of nature serves as a reminder that I am part of something greater, a universe that welcomes me without judgment. This connection to the natural world becomes a cornerstone in rebuilding and elevating self-esteem.

One of the most compelling aspects of nature's impact on self-esteem lies in its ability to foster a sense of accomplishment. Whether conquering a challenging trail or finding peace beneath the shade of a tree, each step and every breath resonates with profound achievement. Nature celebrates effort and resilience, offering a haven where self-esteem is built upon the foundation of small victories. 

Moreover, nature provides a canvas for self-reflection and self-discovery. The stillness of a forest or the vastness of a mountain range creates the space for introspection, allowing me to confront and understand my thoughts and emotions. In this serene setting, I have found the courage to confront my insecurities and fears, gradually replacing self-doubt with self-acceptance. Nature becomes a mirror, reflecting not only the beauty of the external world but also the potential for growth and transformation within. 

Nature's Gift to Self-Esteem: Awe and Wonder

The inherent beauty of the natural world acts as a balm for the soul, cultivating a deep sense of awe and wonder. As I witness the vastness of the night sky filled with stars or marvel at the intricate design of a flower, my perspective shifts. Nature's grandeur serves as a powerful reminder of the inherent beauty within myself, eroding the negative narratives that often accompany mental health struggles. 

In my life, connecting with nature has been a transformative odyssey toward healing and bolstering self-esteem. The embrace of the outdoors provides a sanctuary for self-discovery, accomplishment, and reflection, offering solace to those of us grappling with mental health challenges. As I continue to forge this symbiotic relationship with nature, I find myself not only healed but also empowered, recognizing the resilient and beautiful spirit that resides within. Thanks to nature, self-esteem, once fragile, now stands fortified.

In today's video, I share some ideas for utilizing nature to boost your self-esteem. 

APA Reference
Gunderson, S. (2024, March 12). Nature Provides Elevated Self-Esteem and Healing, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 21 from

Author: Sean Gunderson

Sean Gunderson (they/them) has a wealth of lived experience with mental health issues and, after publishing their thesis, "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Psychiatric Survivor: Exploring the Paradigm Shift in Mental Health," became an advocate for embracing the ongoing scientific paradigm shift in the field of mental health. Find Sean on Facebook, X (Twitter), LinkedIn, and their site

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