A blog about my diagnosis of moderate to severe depression with suicidal ideations, and how I found Social Nudity to be the best therapy.
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I am anticipating that this is going to be a fantastic summer. In my last post I told you about my pool. Having the pool open is great therapy for me. Every day, when I get home from work, I get into the pool to vacuum it out. At 33′ it’s too big to vacuum […] The post I Anticipate A Fantastic Summer appeared first on The Bare Therapy...
I am anticipating that this is going to be a fantastic summer. In my last post I told you about my pool. Having the pool open is great therapy for me. Every day, when I get home from work, I get into the pool to vacuum it out. At 33′ it’s too big to vacuum the whole thing from the deck. The water is warm enough to be comfortable in it, and I love feeling the sun on me. I take my time, and I actually enjoy doing this. When I am done I’ll stay in the pool for a while, and then sit on the deck and look at the pool. I am very blessed that we have this pool, and the days I am not able to go to Rock Haven this is my alternate therapy. I anticipate that the pool will be open until mid September, so there are 3 more months of this joy.
Speaking of Rock Haven, with the exception of one week-end when I was out of town, I have been able to spend one day each week-end there. In a previous post I told you about the website that I developed for them. It is producing results. One couple had looked at the old website, and from the old photos decided that it looked too old and run down to visit. Then they saw the new website, with the new photos, and decided to visit. They had a great time and will be returning. The reactions from the residents who live there, and the members, has been very positive. The old website was not a good representation of what Rock Haven is. The new website is clean and modern, and really showcases the relaxed family atmosphere.
There are people now who are visiting with their children. It is wonderful seeing them run around and play without a care in the world. I think about what it would have been like for me if I was able to do that growing up. These children are learning, just by being there, not everyone has a perfect body, and it’s OK. They will learn to not judge people by how they look, but by their actions. Rock Haven is the perfect place to learn this because everyone there treats everyone else with respect. There is not a day that goes by when I’m there that I don’t start a conversation with someone who I haven’t spoken with before. After a short while we’re speaking like we’ve known each other for years. There is not only shared respect, but shared trust. Obviously when I’m there I don’t have pockets, so I bring in a small bag with everything that I need for the day by the pool. In that bag is a wallet with my money, in case I want to buy lunch or a drink. When I go on my walks I leave the bag at the pool knowing that no one is going to touch it.
Work is still my biggest stressor. The company that I work for is wonderful. They know my situation, and the challenges that I face with concentration and memory, and they are providing me with work that I can be successful with. The stress comes from within. Since they are being so wonderful I want to provide a quality product for them and our clients. I’m not the person I used to be, and I’ve come to grips with the fact that I never will be, and sometimes I fall short. When that happens I just want to give up, but I don’t want to be that person, so I struggle though it. I tell myself that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s OK as long as you don’t keep making the same mistake (the same thing I used to tell my employees when I had employees working for me). It’s still hard to accept, but I’m working on it.
All in all, I’m really looking forward this this summer and soaking up as much Vitamin D from the sun as possible!
So far it’s been a wonderful Summer (even though, in reality, it’s still Spring). I have been able to go to Rock Haven Lodge every week-end, except for one when I was out of town. The weather has been cooperating, so I’m able to get my fix just about every week-end. People comment about how […] The post Wonderful Summer appeared first on The Bare Therapy...
So far it’s been a wonderful Summer (even though, in reality, it’s still Spring). I have been able to go to Rock Haven Lodge every week-end, except for one when I was out of town. The weather has been cooperating, so I’m able to get my fix just about every week-end. People comment about how tan I am getting. Most people know that I go to Rock Haven, but not everyone. That’s OK, not everyone appreciates the therapy value of Social Nudism.
We have an above ground pool in our back yard. It was here when we bought the house and has a deck built halfway around the pool. At 33′ across, this is the largest above ground pool that I have ever seen. Last Summer we didn’t close the pool, so it looked like a big green lily pond. It took a while, but I finally got it cleaned out, and today was the first time this season my grandchildren were able to get in. They love this pool. I love this pool also. The only thing that would make it better is if I could lay out in the sun nude on the deck. I don’t think the neighbors, my grandchildren, or my children would appreciate that!
If you ever think about getting a pool just remember one thing. It’s a money pit. It takes a lot of time and money to keep the pool sparkling clean throughout the summer. I have had a lot of people tell me that salt water pools are much easier, and less expensive, to maintain. I just don’t know if I would enjoy swimming in salt water.
My depression is better than it was over the Winter. I don’t know if it’s the copious amounts of Vitamin D I’m soaking up from the sun, or feeling the hot sunshine on my bare butt, but it’s working! I’m constantly amazed at the people at Rock Haven. Nobody is a stranger there. Even if it’s your first time there, everyone makes you feel so welcome. That does wonders for my depression also. I love the feeling of anticipation as I go through the gate at Rock Haven, and hate it when I have to get dressed when I leave. There are 17 more weeks before Rock Haven closes for day visits. I’m a member now, and members can visit at anytime. I’m hoping that we have an Indian Summer that lasts through October!
What a glorious day today has been. I spent the day at my happy place, Rock Haven Lodge. After enduring a long, cold, winter, Rock Haven Lodge opened for visitors on Friday, April 13th. It was a beautiful day, but unfortunately, I had to work that day so I was hoping for good weather over […] The post A Glorious Day appeared first on The Bare Therapy...
What a glorious day today has been. I spent the day at my happy place, Rock Haven Lodge. After enduring a long, cold, winter, Rock Haven Lodge opened for visitors on Friday, April 13th. It was a beautiful day, but unfortunately, I had to work that day so I was hoping for good weather over the week-end. It was not in the cards, it rained all week-end. The following week-end wasn’t much better, and I had things I needed to get done so I was praying that the week-end of the 28th would be nice.
The weather looked decent for both days. Today was supposed to be windy, but a little warmer than Sunday, so I decided to go today. I think it was a wise decision on my part. As I undressed at my car I could feel the stress leave my body. The last 7 months I had little to no opportunity to be naked. I felt so free walking naked to the pool. I got myself situated in a chaise lounge, and felt the sun kiss every inch of me. The weather was beautiful, and while baking in the sun by the pool, the breeze felt wonderful.
Another reason why today was a great day to go. Radio Controlled Racing is a big event at Rock Haven. Last Summer I never stayed late enough to watch them. Today I wanted to watch, and I also wanted to take photos for their new website. Over the winter I created a new website for them. Rock Haven has done so much for me, I wanted to give back. Their previous website was old, and the photos were old also. It didn’t really capture the atmosphere, didn’t convey what a wonderful place this really is. Another guest of Rock Haven, and a friend of mine, Stan Lee (as usual, not his real name), is probably the best illustrator, and graphic artist, that I have ever seen. Every time I see his work, the first thing that comes to mind is Norman Rockwell. He is that good. Late last Summer Stan took some new photos of the facilities (The welcome sign in this post is one of his photographs), and I incorporated them into the new website. In March I went out to Rock Haven to take photos of the trailers and cabins that they rent out. Just before Rock Haven opened this season Stan went back out there and photographed the interiors of the trailers and cabins. You really should check out the website, and the photos. The trailers and cabins are beautiful!
Back to racing. Rock Haven has a wonderful hard surface oval racetrack in an open air pavilion. Tables are set up on one side for the racers to work on their cars. Each heat is timed, 4 minutes. Each racer tries to complete as many laps as he/she can before the 4 minutes are up. Some of the racers not only have R/C cars, but R/C trucks as well, so there is a special race for trucks. There is an announcer, a time keeper, and judges who count the laps for each race. As I said, they are serious about their racing!
I needed to take photos for the website. At a nudist facility, this presents quite a few challenges, the first one being, cameras and cell phones are not allowed in the park. Susie, the owner, gave me permission to take my cell phone to take photos with. She talked to the announcer, who told everyone that I would be taking photographs for the new website. My second challenge was to take interesting photos, and not have any people in the background. I tried taking photos during the races, but they didn’t turn out well at all. The announcer talked to the racers and they were great. They lined up all of the cars at the finish line so I could get a good photo of them.
Today was a great day. By the time I left there I was sunburned, but it didn’t hurt. It will turn into a tan, and it should be the only time this summer that I burn. I am in a MUCH better mood than I have been for the last 7 months!
It’s been a long winter. I hate cold weather with a passion. As you well know, I love to be nude, and that is nearly impossible during cold weather. Even in my house I have to stay dressed, or else my ridiculously high electric bill will be even higher. During the winter I tend to […] The post A Long Winter appeared first on The Bare Therapy...
It’s been a long winter. I hate cold weather with a passion. As you well know, I love to be nude, and that is nearly impossible during cold weather. Even in my house I have to stay dressed, or else my ridiculously high electric bill will be even higher. During the winter I tend to avoid going out of the house unless it is absolutely necessary. I leave the house to go to work, and to go to the store to buy necessities. Thank God for Amazon. If I can buy it on Amazon, and don’t have to leave the house, I do it. But, this is not great for my mental health.
By the end of last year I believe the VA finally got me on the correct medication, and the correct dose. The suicidal thoughts don’t come nearly as often, although they are still there. I still have trouble concentrating, and at times I still get confused. It is not as bad as it was last year. After my experience with the VA psychiatric ward I started to see a civilian therapist. After 3 visits she told me she couldn’t do any more to help me. This just confirmed my opinion that talking with others does not help me. With all of the therapists I have talked to I have opened up to them, and told them things that I never told anyone else my entire life.
I’m still seeing a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at the VA, but this is so he can prescribe my medication for me. He still has to assess my mental health at each visit. I’m very careful in what information that I give to him, and he knows this. I know that he has a obligation, if he ever suspects that I am a danger to myself or others, to take action. I understand that, which is why I have told him that I will never reveal to him if I have thoughts about actually harming myself. I will never be a danger to others, I couldn’t do that. Never again will I ever be committed to a psychiatric ward, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
Looking Forward to the Summer!
I am anxiously awaiting the time that Rock Haven Lodge opens up for the 2018 season. When I spend time there in the sun my mood improves immensely. Being able to spend one day a week there in the summertime has saved my life. Over the winter I have been developing a new website for them. I am not the most creative person in the world, but I have had help from an Illustrator/Graphic Artist that I met at Rock Haven. His work is fantastic. Every time I see a piece that he has created I think “Norman Rockwell!”. A few week-ends back I went out to Rock Haven to take updated photos of the rentals they have. While it was too cold to be able to be nude while doing it, just being there brought a calm over me. I’m excited about launching a new website for them, and I’m anxious to get feedback from the guests who visit Rock Haven to see what they think.
4 more weeks until Rock Haven opens. I’m praying for warm weather!
Subsequent Visits After my first visit, I knew that this was going to be the best therapy for me. I decided that I was going to visit Rock Haven as often as I was able. Every week-end I would check the weather, and if it was sunny, and no chance of rain, I would spend either […] The post Rock Haven Lodge – The Best Therapy appeared first on The Bare Therapy...
After my first visit, I knew that this was going to be the best therapy for me. I decided that I was going to visit Rock Haven as often as I was able. Every week-end I would check the weather, and if it was sunny, and no chance of rain, I would spend either Saturday or Sunday there. After just one day there, I was addicted. I knew that this was going to be the best thing to keep my depression in check.
The following week-end I went on Sunday. It was a beautiful day, and not nearly as hot as the previous week-end. I prefer the weather to be hot when I am at the pool. It not only keeps the water temperature in the pool at a comfortable temperature for me, but it is VERY refreshing after baking in the sun. There weren't many people there that day. I spent most of the day just lying in the sun. The temperature outside was in the low to mid 80's, and the pool temperature was 78, which is colder than I like it. I did get in the pool a few times, but I had to swim a couple of laps each time to warm up. I also walked the trail 3 times. I don't normally like walking any great distances, but when the weather is nice, and you can take your time, a nude walk is very relaxing. It was another great day. Just as the first time, when it came time to go, I dreaded having to put my clothes on again.
By now it was the end of August. Rock Haven is open to day visitors until October 1st. I started going one day every week-end as long as the weather was good. Fortunately for me, the weather was good enough every week-end, except for the last week-end that they were open. I was very disappointed. I did miss one other week-end. My nephew lives in Florida, and when the hurricane was was due to hit where he lived, he and his family evacuated and came up to my house for a week, a very smart move on his part. I don't get to see them that much, so when they come up it's always a good time. They were here over the week-end, so I didn't visit Rock Haven.
All of the other week-ends were great though. Toward the end of September the temperature of the pool was down to a very chilly 74. I still went into the pool to cool off, I just didn't stay in the pool very long! I continued my hikes on the trail, usually 3 times each visit. Walking that trail is the only time in my life that I actually enjoyed exercising! I got to know some of the regulars at Rock Haven. All of them are great people. I met one couple from Alabama who came up for the week-end. They are members, so they can visit any time during the year. They were telling me that they even come up in the winter. As long as the sun is shining, and there isn't any wind, they tell me it's great sitting out by the pool. One of these days, when I am a member, I'm going to try it.
I also discovered that Rock Haven has an award winning volleyball team. They travel to different parts of the country to compete against other teams. I knew there were people there that were very serious about volleyball. The parking lot is right next to the volleyball courts, and there are always people playing. Volleyball is probably the only sport that I was any good at, and I always enjoyed playing. Next summer I think I'm going to try it again. I haven't played in about 20 years.
In conclusion, my visits to Rock Haven have been the only thing that has kept my depression under control. They VA finally found a medication and dose that works for me, which helps, but social nudity is the miracle drug for me. After every visit I would feel good about myself and the future. The length of time that lasted after each visit varied. It's been a month and a half now since I was able to go. It's been difficult, and the medication helps me get through the day, but I feel confined having to wear clothes during my waking hours. I keep thinking about next April 15th. Not because it's tax day, but that is the day Rock Haven opens back up to day visitors. That's the prize for getting through the winter, and I'm keeping my eye on the prize!
Taking the Plunge I made up my mind that I was going to visit Rock Haven Lodge, the local nudist park, at least once. I watched the weather each week-end. If I was only going to go one time, then I wanted to make the experience as perfect as possible. The week-end of August 21-22 […] The post My First Visit To Rock Haven Lodge appeared first on The Bare Therapy...
Taking the Plunge
I made up my mind that I was going to visit Rock Haven Lodge, the local nudist park, at least once. I watched the weather each week-end. If I was only going to go one time, then I wanted to make the experience as perfect as possible. The week-end of August 21-22 looked perfect. Hot and sunny. I decided that I would visit on Sunday, Aug 21.
I read everything I can on their website, because I didn’t want to break any rules they may have, but I still have questions, such as, are lockers available to put my clothes in? Are towels provided, or do I bring my own, etc? I email Susan, one of the owners, and tell her that this will be my first visit, and I have some questions. She quickly replies, and tells me there are no lockers available, most visitors just leave their clothes and their valuables in their car. She suggested that, since this is the week-end before the full eclipse, I should arrive early to reserve myself a lounge chair by the pool, because they would have a lot of visitors. Her reply was very welcoming, and eased my nervousness a bit. I am really going to do this!
The Day Arrives
The day finally arrives. The night before, I pack a small duffel with items that I think I might need throughout the day, which wasn’t much. Three towels (two for covering the lounge, one to dry off with), sunglasses, and flip flops. What more could I need? They open at 9 AM for day visitors, and I want to get there just as they open, so I can spend as much time at Rock Haven as I possible.
I get there at 9 AM. The entrance to Rock Haven has an electric gate, with an intercom next to it. I pull up to the gate, and honk my horn (the procedure to let them know you are there). A person on the intercom asked how they can help me (that person turned out to be Susan, she runs the office and checks people in). I told her I was here to visit for the day. Susan opens the gate and tells me to drive slowly to the office.
My First Impression Of Rock Haven Lodge
As I drive slowly to the office, one of the first things I see is a woman, sitting in a lawn chair in front of a mobile home, reading a book. Of course she is nude. I drive a little farther, and on the right are the volleyball courts. Two men are playing volleyball, nude. I’m not shocked by this, I’m expecting this, but it feels strange seeing this for the first time. I get to the office and park my car.
Rock Haven is not a clothing optional nudist park. Unless the weather is cold, or you are sunburned, you are required to be nude. I had my first decision to make. Do I undress at my car and go into the office, or go in fully clothed. I decide to play it safe, and go in to the office fully clothed, where I meet Susan for the first time. She is a wonderful woman, and makes me feel totally relaxed and comfortable. Susan gives me a registration card to fill out, then gives me a map of the park, pointing out the location of all the facilities. She then points out the parking lot where I was to park, and tells me to leave my cell phone, and my clothes, in the car.
Nude In Public For The First Time
I drive over to the parking lot, park the car, and then strip. I put on my flip flops, grab my duffel, and walk to the pool. It feels strange, walking around in public nude for the first time. It is a great feeling, and I love it, but it is something that I have not experienced before. I pass the open air Pavilion, which is next to the pool, and see people sitting there at tables. I arrive at the pool, and just 2 people are there, a woman reading, and a woman taking a nap, both sitting in the shaded part of the pool area.
The pool at Rock Haven isn’t large, but it is very nice. The shallow end has steps to enter the pool, and is 3 feet deep. The depth increases until you get to the other end, which is 9 feet deep. The area around the pool is tiled, with wooden decking making up the rest of the area. The wooden deck is where the lounge chairs are located. The lounge chairs encompass 3 sides of the pool area, with a hot tub, located on a covered, raised deck, located on the fourth. To reserve a lounge, you place your towel on it. About 20% of the lounges had towels on them. I decided to take a chair in the sunny area; I wanted to get a tan without tan lines!
Meeting Other People
I get settled in my chair, and enjoy basking in the sun. After a while, other people start showing up. At first, it was strange seeing people walk around nude. Most everyone says Hi to me as they pass, and after a short while I realize I’m not seeing naked people, I’m just seeing people. A couple sits just behind me, and next to them is another man. I overhear them talking. The woman is saying how a lot of people visiting lately are there for the first time. I figure this would be a good ice breaker, so I raise my hand and say, “I’m one of them”. I turn around to chat. The couple is Charley and Annie (not their real names), and next to them was Stan Lee (not his real name).
Charley runs the miniature train at Rock Haven. Annie, his wife, is a school bus driver. Stan Lee is an illustrator and graphic designer. I introduce myself and they start telling me all about Rock Haven. They are such nice people! They tell me that everyone at Rock Haven is nice, there is no judgement about how you look, or what you do. Everyone is the same, just regular people who enjoy being around other like minded people. Throughout the day they introduce me to other people. Everyone, without exception, is so nice!
I spend a good part of the day talking with Stan Lee. He works for himself as an illustrator and graphic designer. We have a few things in common, so we spend a good part of the day talking. He tells me that time just seems to slow down for him when he is at Rock Haven. He also tells me there is one downside, and that is having to get dressed when you leave at the end of the day. I spend most of the day laying out in the sun, talking to Stan Lee, and cooling off in the pool. Stan Lee tells me I should check out the walking trail, it is a nice walk through the park.
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
I decide to take a leisurely stroll along the trail. The walking trail is the “The Yellow Brick Road”. It’s not yellow, and it’s not brick. Bricks, strategically located along the trail, and painted yellow with arrows, show you the trail. The trail mainly consists of gravel, and it winds partly around the perimeter of the property, and partly through the residential area of Rock Haven (yes, there are people who live here year round).
The trail is approximately 1/4 – 1/3 mile long, and is a very pleasant walk. Displays, set up along the way, capture your interest. Two of these are a Memory Garden, and a Wagon Wheel Swing (pictured at right). It’s also very interesting to see how the residents live here. Some residents have small houses/cabins, and others live in RV’s. There is even one very large shed that is converted into a living space. It is very relaxing, walking in nature completely nude.
All Good Things Must Come To An End
Around 3 PM, after I have been here for 6 hours, I decide it’s time to go home. I don’t want to leave yet, but I can tell I got a little bit of a sunburn, so, to be on the safe side, I decide to leave. I say my good-byes to my new friends, and head out to my car. Along the way I stop in the office to say good-bye to Susan, and tell her what an amazing experience I had. She isn’t there, but I leave a message for her.
I get to my car, and discover what Stan Lee told me earlier was absolutely true. I don’t want to put my clothes back on! I’m really dreading this, but I don’t have a choice. I can’t drive home naked. I reluctantly get dressed, and drive away, knowing that I WILL return.
The one main conclusion I have of this day is, this has been the most relaxing and stress free day of my life! I didn’t think about work, or problems/concerns about home. I didn’t have my cell phone chiming notifications every 15 minutes. This was an oasis where everything was good. The only improvement to this day would have been if this had been at a beach.
I didn’t get a chance to experience all of the facilities there. Some of the other facilities available are shuffleboard, volleyball, tennis, darts, petanque (similar to Bocce Ball), billiards, and ping pong. For your dining pleasure, on the week-ends they have a snack bar that serves breakfast and lunch. For overnight visitors on the week-ends they also serve a light supper on Friday night, and a hearty sit-down dinner on Saturday evening.
Today was the best therapy possible for my depression. Nothing so far, the therapy, or the medications, have done as much to relieve my depression as this care free naked day. When I got home I explained this experience to my wife, and told her that I will be going back, because this is helping with my depression, and I need help.
I know that social nudism is not for everybody. Many people are just not comfortable being nude, and that is OK. There are a lot of people that do like to be nude, but, they are either too shy, or ashamed of their body, to take the plunge into social nudism. I wish everyone who wants to try this would take the plunge just once. I believe they would find, just as I have, a very acceptive community of people who are more than willing to accept them into the fold.
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