Find Your Happy Place In Nature
I have a love affair with the beach. There is something about looking out over the beautiful endless ocean, feeling the sand beneath your feet, and smelling that fresh salty air. It never disappoints, rather it is always there to soothe my soul and dissipate my worries. With each wave that rolls in, comes calm and loving energy that fills my love tank for days to come. It is definitely my happy place.
What is ecotherapy?
Ecotherapy, or simply being in nature, is about more than surrounding yourself with beautiful scenery. There have been many studies around the benefits of spending time outdoors, or in green spaces, and we know that some of these benefits may include:
1. Reduced stress and anxiety
Negative ions found in fresh air (particularly near fast moving water such as waterfalls or the ocean) have been nicknamed ‘Nature’s antidepressants’.
2. Great source of vitamin D
The sun is a the most natural source of this vital little thing! A vitamin D deficiency may negatively affect your mental or even contribute to obesity and cancer.
3. Regulation of certain hormones such as melatonin and cortisol…
…which can assist with improved quality of sleep and again a reduction in stress
4. Reduced inflammation
This can be achieved by earthing. When our skin comes in contact with the earth, the electric energy equalizes defusing excess positive electrons. Earthing can reportedly assist with many other ailments including stress, headaches and improved energy.
Whether it is the beach, mountains or the woods, or even your local park, the outdoors has this amazing way of easing stress and grounding us. The healing power of mother nature is extraordinary, making time spent with her invaluable! No wonder so many people find their happy place in the outdoors. Where is your happy place?