Authors: Marie-Eve Langelier, Isabelle Bradette, Marie-Susanne Mathieu, Marie-Eve Le Bouthillier, Richard Marchand & Maude Morency-Lemieux.
Anxiety being a very prevalent reason for consulting with a family physician, several studies have examined the benefits of using self-management strategies to treat it.
These strategies include physical activity, connection with nature, social support, and meditation. The Aventure Vert Soi (AVS) nature and adventure-based therapy (NAT) program was developed to allow participants to experiment with these self-management strategies. Using a mixed-method research protocol, our pre-experimental pilot study aimed to describe the evolution of adults experiencing mixed anxiety-depressive disorders who have completed this program. The data were collected through two focus groups and four questionnaires focusing on the symptom’s intensity, functional capacities, and how strongly participants believed in their ability to manage their anxiety using the proposed self-management strategies. While still experiencing anxiety, participants felt more confident about their ability to cope and kept using the strategies three months after completing the AVS NAT program.