Lunch by the lake~ 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 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 Mayo Clinic, they discuss the health benefits of gardening:

What I’m doing…

Today, my better half and I took a much needed break away from the house to a lake, walking distance from our home, for a picnic. MANY other people were out as well, walking the lake’s extensive trail network. Despite being a Monday, the lake was just as busy as if it were a weekend. It was so nice to sit by the lake and just relax, in the sunshine and fresh air. We even had a local lake resident stop by for a visit.

Now might be a good time to tackle some of those outdoor odd jobs that have been on your to-do list. Maybe, it could be as simple as going outside-in bare feet-and sitting in your back yard or garden.

This is what we did with our “outside time” since the crisis started:

Closing thoughts

So, since most of us are working from home, under quarantine, or self-isolating, now is the perfect time to go outside. We are currently under very stressful times. The government is urging all of us to stay home. However, unless you’re sick, running a fever or showing other symptoms, there’s no reason to stay inside all day. Go outside for at least 30 minutes every day.

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

Until next time, Namaste my friends

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