Sometimes, when things get tough, do you wish to run away to nature? Probably between the mountains, in parks and the lakes and rivers in the city? We might not love nature as much as William Wordsworth did, but we might as well agree that we associate peace with nature. Consequently, being amidst nature can relieve us, refresh us, and make us feel better than ever.
This is what ecotherapy has been built on. Nature is the foundation of ecotherapy, which strives to improve the mental health of patients. It involves performing exercises and activities in nature.
Let’s learn more about ecotherapy and its various benefits
It is conducted by therapists or trained professionals. The focus of ecotherapy is not to improve physical health but to perform activities that promote mental well-being. The other objective of ecotherapy is to allow individuals to explore and appreciate nature and interact with other people.
Ecotherapy is based on the idea that people share a deep connection with the environment. Failure to establish and nurture this connection can affect mental health.
Here are several benefits of ecotherapy:
As human beings, we are stuck either in the past or in the future but not where we should be– the present. Consequently, we are not mindful at all. This means we do not use our senses and abilities to experience nature and give attention to what is happening around us. The result? We are stressed and incapable of managing it for the sake of our own well-being.
One of the many benefits of ecotherapy is that it promotes mindfulness. When we spend time in a natural setting, we are more likely to make use of our senses to experience what’s around us. Tranquil sounds such as the rustling of leaves or birds chirping can help us stay away from our mundane schedule and work life.
Improved social connections
Ecotherapy is performed in a social circle. You get to interact with a number of people which can improve your mental well-being. Some people struggle with loneliness, which can take a huge toll on one’s mental health and wellness. However, with ecotherapy, you participate in activities such as gardening or hiking with people who share the same wellness objectives and interests. Ultimately, you build bonds with people.
This can be highly beneficial for your mental health as well as confidence. The kind of people you surround yourself with can affect your confidence. Ecotherapy promotes a positive mindset, hence, you get to interact with positive-minded people.
It can offer you the motivation to exercise
Performing a workout isn’t as difficult as starting it. The challenge lies in the moments before you begin. Your mind will say no, your body will say no, and you will find plenty of excuses to skip a workout.
However, when you are in ecotherapy, you’re already there. You are in the place where you can begin your workout.
Not to mention, as ecotherapy can take place in parks, where you will find tons of people indulging in physical activities such as running, walking, jogging, or jump-roping, you will find the motivation to start your workout.
Exercising has been proven to be highly beneficial for one’s mental health. It releases hormones called endorphins, which are the body’s happy hormones. The release of these hormones can improve your mood and overall mental health.
It can also be beneficial for several disorders
As per research and studies, ecotherapy can help build resilience to stress and improve self-worth and cognitive functions such as concentration and focus. It can also help someone having a short attention span, or those suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
In addition, ecotherapy can also help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and nervous system recovery.
The benefits of ecotherapy are profound and far-reaching. By immersing ourselves in nature and engaging in therapeutic activities outdoors, we can experience improved mental health, reduced stress levels, enhanced overall well-being, and a deeper connection to the natural world. Ecotherapy offers a holistic approach to healing, reminding us of our interconnectedness with the environment and the importance of nurturing and preserving it.
As we continue to face various challenges in our fast-paced and technology-driven lives, ecotherapy serves as a powerful tool to restore balance, find solace, and rediscover our innate bond with the natural world. Embracing ecotherapy is not just a personal choice but also a step towards building a more sustainable and harmonious future for both ourselves and the planet we call home