Eco and Outdoor Therapy

Engaging with the Natural World is recognised as important to both our physical and mental health. Ecotherapy is a therapeutic programme which involves doing outdoor activities in nature. There isn’t one single definition of ecotherapy – it may incorporate different forms of physical activities or could be focused on horticulture (gardening) or a conservation project. Some standard elements include: 

  • Taking place in an outdoor, green environment 
  • Spending time focusing on doing an activity rather than your health 
  • Being in a structured activity in which trained professionals will guide and support you. These may include therapists.  
  • Is related to enjoying and exploring the natural world.  

Some benefits of Eco Therapy include: 

  • Reduced stress and improved mood, wellbeing, and self-esteem. 
  • Increased opportunities for physical activity arising from natural setting resulting in health benefits.  

Eco therapy can provide a sense of achievement and purpose – providing structure and routine to those how previously did not have one.  

For more information and guidance on Eco and Outdoor therapies please click on the link below: 

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/nature-and-mental-health/about-ecotherapy-programmes/

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