I work in the mental health sector and have personal experience of mental health challenges, so when I hear about experiences that improve mental health I take notice.
As a lifelong naturist I have met hundreds of people who have spoken with me about their experience of clothing optional social interaction in a non-sexual setting. The experience of most of those I met included one or more of the following:
- Feelings of personal freedom
- Absence of feeling socially different
- Feeling trusted
- Feeling empowered
- Feeling respected
- Feeling relaxed
- Feeling part of something wonderful
- Feeling accepted
- Accepting that my own body looks great / not worrying about my age, shape, weight, skin colour, scars, amputations, skin conditions etc.
- Feeling comfortable about making new acquaintances regardless of differences in age, skin colour, social status, education, career etc.
- Feeling safe
- Feeling fulfilled
- Not feeling judged
- Feeling that you have found your tribe
- Feeling that for the hours you spend together, you are among friends.
With these personal experiences being so widespread, it can be no surprise that so many people report feeling a lot better about themselves during and after naturists events.
This seems to be particularly true for people who live with anxiety and depression, and for people who suffer from low self esteem.
Source: Irish Naturism Association
Original publication 28 May, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 28th March 2020
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