It is widely believed that the two most common treatments available for mental health issues are medication and talking therapy. Ecotherapy is something you don’t often hear about, but a form of self-care which has incredible outcomes.
What is Ecotherapy?
Ecotherapy is a type of programme that focuses on nature-based healing. It gets you out of the house, out of your stress triggering surroundings, and somewhere fresh and new. There’s a wide range of ecotherapy treatment programmes available, and they focus on both mental and physical wellbeing.
- Community gardening
- Hiking groups
- Cycling groups
- Animal therapy
- Nature meditation
Benefits of Ecotherapy
The general purpose of ecotherapy treatment for mental health is to help your mind and body relax. By offering an alternative perspective on life, it can help to lift those destructive thinking patterns we get so caught up in.
Ecotherapy can help to reduce stress and anger, anxiety and depression, boost your confidence and self-esteem, and increase your overall emotional resilience. It makes a fantastic addition to your self-care regime. But why is this?
Most ecotherapy sessions tend to be in groups. This increase in social interaction leads to a decrease in loneliness, and having someone to have a laugh with, open up and share with, goes a long way towards lowering your stress. Being outside enjoying nature goes a long way to boosting your mood anyway, and physical exercise has been proven to release endorphins, or ‘happiness hormones’.
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