The forest…that’s what I love. There is just something special about being in the forest. I really can’t explain it. Being in the forest calms me, and fills me with positive, healing energy. I try to walk outside in the forests around my home for 20 to 30 minutes at least 5 times a week. It it really energizing. So when they talk about the healing energy in the following article, I completely understand what they mean.
However, Dr. Mercola, in the link below, discusses a new “malady” affecting society, called Nature Deficit Disorder. It sounds made up, I know. I rolled my eyes when I first saw it as well. But bare with me. According to his article and an article by The Atlantic, there is a new field of therapy emerging called EcoTherapy. This is a form of therapy which uses: “methods of cultivating the health benefits of being in nature.” Basically, you are given a “prescription” to spend more time in nature, to reap the positive benefits of being outdoors. Rough I know! 🙂 😉
Some of these benefits include:
•Decrease anxiety and depression
•Improve social connections
•Decrease fatigue in cancer patients
•Improve blood pressure
Here are a few videos from the article which explain things a bit more:
This is a video series called “If Our Bodies Could Talk”, sponsored by Aetna. In this episode, they discuss Eco-therapy and the health benefits of going outside.
In this video from the BBC, they discuss how gardening can help with depression:
So, since it’s Friday, I thought this was the perfect time to urge you to go spend some time outside this weekend. Now, I know it’s been hot, so, maybe go out in the early morning or later evening when it’s cooler. It could be as simple as going outside-in bare feet-and sitting in your back yard or garden.
For more information and the complete article from Dr. Mercola, follow this link: Most Americans Suffer From Nature Deficiency Syndrome
For more information on the health benefits of nature and the effects of Grounding, with a free guide book- follow this link: Meditation Monday: Grounding