You know the August daily drill: Move as quickly as possible from the air-conditioned. Ecotherapy comfort of the interior to the air-conditioned comfort of your car.
On 90-plus-degree summer days, it’s the only viable strategy for tolerating the scorching heat and humidity. Reports the Palm Beach Post, part of the Network. Did we mention the record-breaking heat that has blanketed much of the US in recent weeks?
However, this often-necessary indoor survival strategy has a downside: it limits our time to be outside. And thus benefits from all that nature has to offer.
The physical and mental benefits of being in contact with nature cannot be overstating.
Being outdoors for extended periods regularly is so essential to the human psyche that there is now a growing sub-segment. Of the health and wellness industry dedicated to the practice of “ecotherapy.”
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According to the American Psychological Association, “ecotherapy is gaining popularity. As a means of helping people tap into the therapeutic power of nature.”
Similarly, NBC News reported that in recent years, doctors across the country have begun writing. Actual prescriptions for their patients to spend more time outdoors in local parks and green spaces.
They will often make these written recommendations instead of prescribing antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications.
The ParkRx website explains, The organization boasts dozens of physicians among its members.
Many proponents of ecotherapy today consider the author Richard Louv to be the forefather of the current movement. Louv’s 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods,” highlighted what he called “nature deficit disorder” in American youth.
Based on extensive research, Louv argued that the digitally connected world of the new millennium has disconnected children from direct exposure to nature [which] is essential for healthy childhood development and the physical and emotional health of children and adults.
This was followed up by 2012’s “The Nature Principle” – which argued that people of all ages are vulnerable. The negative effects of nature deficit disorder are if they don’t make a conscious effort to be outside more.
Bring the benefits of nature indoors
Whether it’s the weather or a busy schedule if you and your family don’t spend enough time outdoors. There are ways to bring nature—and its attendant benefits—into your home. It even makes us friendlier and more willing to reach out to others in our community.
Pictures of nature. A recent study was there in the International Journal of Environmental Research. And Public Health found that you can reduce stress just by looking at pictures of nature. When participants viewed images of natural scenes, their stress levels decreased because their parasympathetic nervous system was activated.
Sounds of nature. “Listening to nature can help us relax and improve our mood,” explains Schwartz.
He notes that one study found that people who listened to ocean waves had significantly lower muscle tension. Heart rate and stress than those who listened to music by Mozart or sat in silence.
Plants. Flowers, potted plants, and trees have long been known to boost people’s moods, whether they realize it or not. Schwartz cites “research conducted in hospitals, offices, and schools that have consistently found that. Even a small plant in a room can significantly reduce stress and anxiety and promote healing.”
What’s more, an oft-cited study from a Pennsylvania hospital published in 1984 indicated that all other things are equal. Surgical patients whose rooms had views of trees recovering faster—and were being discharged a day earlier. Then patients whose rooms had a view of the wall. In the following decades, most new hospital buildings took green views and access into the design. All medicine told is ABMS certified. Also, check out more blogs in the fashion and health section.