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Ecotherapy for the Mind and Body

Discussion in 'Sobriety Tips and Inspiration' started by Lizzy19ph, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. Lizzy19ph

    Lizzy19ph Member

    I read somewhere that doctors prescribe their patients to undergo what we call "ecotherapy" for those suffering from depression. Ecotherapy promotes good mental and as well as physical well-being. It is practiced by simply engaging one's self in outdoor activities surrounded by lush greeneries or a green environment. Ecotherapy is actually a combination of ecopsychology and psychotherapy. Communing with nature offers positive mental health benefits simply because it makes one feel relaxed, soothes his senses, and can forget about his troubles for a while. You can do this by taking a walk in the nearest park where there are many trees and plants or there could be an eco-park within the vicinity of your city or town.

    I believe for those undergoing treatment or taking the road to recovery from any addiction can also benefit from undergoing ecotherapy and it will not actually cost much unlike other formal treatments.
  2. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I think that's a wonderful solution for people who are going through some mental/psychological problems or depression. I believe that nature has a way of making us feel relaxed and serene. The green environment and lush surroundings could also serve as some sort of an inspiration to people.
  3. juulicob

    juulicob Member

    I totally believe that nature could inspire you and bring you out of depression. It's such a great feeling once you're submerged in the beauty of wilderness; peaceful and hopeful. Gets you thinking about what really matters in life.

    My friend is a very active outdoorsy kinda guy and hiking has inspired him to quit smoking 10 years ago. He wanted to experience the joy of hiking but his lungs couldn't handle it. That's what got him determined to quit, cold turkey. Now he's as healthy and happy as I've ever seen him.
  4. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    I had never heard of the term ecotherapy before, but as soon as you mentioned what it involved I thought to myself "that's exactly what I do when I am stressed or worried about something!"

    I love going out and being amongst nature when I am stressed or anxious because I find it so grounding and relaxing. I just never knew there was a specific name for it!
  5. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    A lot of depression can often lead to anxiety and there's no better way to combat that, than to get out and socialise, be in the outdoors, no matter how hard it might be. Staying in and turning yourself into a recluse is just feeding the depression, so if your being active and trying to get out as much as you can is at least a pro-active way to make yourself feel better about things.
  6. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I truly believe in the power of nature. Even though I have never heard of the term ecotherapy before I believe it would work wonderfully. When my mom passed away a year and a half ago I was devastated and slipped into depression. I have struggled with depression for sometime and that just sent me on a downward spiral. Last summer I took up camping. I always say that camping was my therapy. Every weekend we would hit the road and go to a new place. Spending time with nature was how I was able to deal with the loss. I did a lot of hiking and just enjoying the little things in life. It did wonders for my depression and I would highly recommend it to anybody.
  7. calicer1996

    calicer1996 Community Champion

    Wow. Never heard of this before. Thanks for introducing me to it. My friend's mom is depressed. I'll certainly make him aware of ecotherapy.
  8. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I agree that this kind of therapy can really works. It might not be applicable for everyone but most probably will work for a lot of people since being in nature and peaceful environment is calming. Good way to release tension and avoid stress.
  9. Adrianna

    Adrianna Community Champion

    Yes this is really great. I didn't realize that they put a name on it. People have been using this for centuries.