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Nature Therapy Offers Loads of Physical, Mental Health Benefits

Nature Therapy Offers Loads of Physical, Mental Health Benefits

Doing things outdoors isn’t just fun, multiple studies now show evidence that it’s also extremely beneficial for your physical and mental health–it’s a sort of nature therapy.

Research shows that just being in nature has the power to improve your mood, lower anxiety, and do a host of other positive things.

The argument for nature therapy

If you won’t take my word for it, check out the immense amount of research pointing to the massive benefits nature therapy has to offer. Studies show time and time again that simply living close to “green” areas can make people less likely to be inactive, obese, or dependent on anti-depressants and more likely to find improvements in self-esteem, mental health, and overall wellbeing.

nature therapyIn particular, there’s one study conducted by Natural England that discovered what nature therapy has to offer those struggling with mental health issues.

The researchers found that outdoor activities had the ability to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress significantly. An example of an outdoor activity could be anything from tending to a garden to hiking to kayaking.  

There’s a strong following behind the idea of nature therapy and the benefits that come with it. Many believe it’s linked to our evolution–because we evolved in nature and frequently interacted closely with it up until recently, we belong in it and it puts us at ease.

Think about the feeling you get when you’ve been away from home for far too long; you finally step through the door and into familiar, warm sensation of being home–where you belong. Now think about that, but on a biological level.

An actual field of research has been based on that connection to nature–it’s called ecotherapy (or nature therapy). It focuses on the idea that being in nature and connecting with it can improve your wellbeing.

All over the world, this isn’t a new concept. For example, in the late 1900s, Japanese doctors were already “prescribing” something called forest bathing to improve health. This idea that nature has something to offer us is not far out, there’s many people who have tapped into it and know its benefits for themselves.

Nature can help us improve our lives, we just have to reach out and mingle with it. Programs that use nature therapy usually do this through adventurous activities: kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, or simply learning how to build a fire. Just being in nature has the power to make a difference–so why not go out and get some “green” time?

Equinox is here for your son

Equinox RTC is a residential treatment center for teen boys, ages 14 – 18. Our students often need help for depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, drug use, and other behavioral or emotional issues.

We strive to help students develop healthy habits and lead themselves back onto a path of success through meaningful therapy and a nurturing environment. At Equinox, teenagers work towards building accountability, respect, and a solution-oriented approach to solving their challenges.

For more information about how we use nature therapy at Equinox, contact us today at (877) 279-8925