The term ‘ecotherapy’ refers to the action of engaging with nature. Studies have found that ecotherapy offers both mental and physical health benefits, such as feeling more relaxed and having improved self-esteem.
To benefit from ecotherapy, aim to spend time outdoors in a green space (with no buildings). Even a passive pastime like admiring a view has been shown to reduce stress and ease muscular tension. To gain the most benefit, try to incorporate walking, cycling or gardening into your outdoor time. Physically feeling the earth (through your hands or feet) can help you feel really connected to the earth and nature, and give you a sense of wellbeing and belonging.
Written Natalie Austin
BA (Hons), VTVCT Dip Holistic Therapies, Vinyasa & Yin YTT 500 Hours + Registered with the Independent Yoga Network and the Federation of Holistic Therapists.