Are You Ready to Try Eco Therapy?

The great outdoors is one place we, as a society, simply aren’t taking enough advantage of. We spend significant amounts of time in the mediocre indoors, often by necessity thanks to commitments to work, school, and family. As a result, we’re finding it harder to get enough exercise, keep our energy levels up, and even prevent mood swings and conditions such as depression and anxiety. Something as simple as taking a walk outside everyday can be enough to combat all these threats to a person’s health — and more. Yet going outside more often is a task which still remains on the very bottom of everybody’s to-do list. As I’ve learned more about the truly therapeutic benefits that spending time in nature can have on my body and mind, I’ve decided to make it much more of a priority in my life.  

How To Benefit From Eco Therapy

Eco therapy is the term some healthcare providers are giving to the concept of spending more time in a natural, outdoor setting. There are many different ways you can incorporate eco therapy into your life. As I previously mentioned, walking is the simplest way to reap its benefits to your health. You can certainly take things up a notch and receive even greater health improvements by taking long hikes, going horseback riding, camping, or fishing, to name just a few options. If you don’t have the time or resources to go on these kinds of excursions very often, consider starting up a garden to tend. If you live in an urban environment, you can check online for your nearest community garden to start visiting. 

As you engage in these outdoor activities, you’ll more than likely notice a great improvement to your overall physical and mental health. Studies have shown a strong connection between time spent outside and reduced risk of such illnesses and diseases as cardiovacular disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, and chronic stress.

If you’re still having trouble convincing yourself to get outside more often, consider your daily outdoor time as a necessary part of your daily routine, akin to brushing your teeth or showering. The going may be slow or tedious at first, but you’ll more than likely be willing to keep this healthy habit going once you notice an uptick in your mood and energy levels, among the other positive effects it may have. 

Forest light by Matthias Ripp is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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