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Our partners Eco Sapien share this fantastic video on Ecotherapy and how this innovative merging of nature and therapy, that’s helping people deal with mental illness and life’s pressures. Did you know you could be practising ecotherapy with green travel and an eco-friendly lifestyle?

Ecotherapy brings together ideas of ecopsychology and psychotherapy. Our connection to nature and the environment we live in is critical in this range of practices. This helps us connect with nature and ultimately with our ‘inner’ nature. Ecotherapy is about personal healing and healing for the earth.

As mental health is still a taboo subject, a connection with the earth is a natural, wonderful way to heal. So head out to the great outdoors for some natural therapy!

So how can Ecotherapy help? 

  • Improves physical and mental wellbeing through activities in nature
  • Alleviates personal distress
  • Immersion in greenery or vast landscapes can reduce depression, delinquency, addiction, etc
  • Offers detox from harmful patterns and helps impulse control
  • Builds confidence and self-esteem
  • Helps you become more aware

How you can benefit from Ecotherapy: 

Work in nature: take up gardening, farming or a conservation project

Experience nature: go for a walk, go camping, cycle through green spaces, swim in the sea or look up our stories for ideas – Ecophiles is all about immersing yourself in nature!

Spend time with animals: create habitats for birds and wildlife, go birdwatching and animal spotting, but remember to never disturb them in their natural habitat

Have you tried Ecotherapy? Mail us with your experience at [email protected] or leave a comment to help others with your experience.

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