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Just Thought You Should Know: Ecotherapy- The Health Benefits of Going Outside

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.

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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 self-esteem

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

About Tamara Hoerner (726 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

9 Comments on Just Thought You Should Know: Ecotherapy- The Health Benefits of Going Outside

  1. I like this. Being barefoot can make you fell more grounded and stressful situations can’t push you over as easily then. I love the forest too x

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing. I can so relate to this. I have recovered from anxiety and depresion and being in the forest everyday has helped me alot.. I love the forest and great tip from you 😘

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  3. I grew up in the countryside so I used to spend so much time outside, it was so nice! Miss it now, though

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  4. Oh! I would much rather get a prescription that sent me out into a natural environment than to one of the many pharmacies around town. And I may not have a “green thumb,” but I do enjoy puttering around in my yard. Standing in my driveway is pretty awesome at night too. Better breeze. Lots of stars.

    Thankfully, I do have friends that drag this homebody that is me out into nature as well. I can definitely feel the benefits of being out of doors. Still working on the shoe-less grass bit, but even this is more doable now because I know it’s grounding and healthy. Super post!!!

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