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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 (865 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.”

12 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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  5. Being out in nature works wonders for mental health. I find that it helps to keep me mindful by paying attention to what’s around me.

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