Physical health and mental health go hand in hand. Physical fitness is extremely important for mental fitness. Like they say, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. Today, because of the unrealistic working hours and responsibilities of household, we all end up avoiding to take care of ourselves which has terrible consequences for our body and our mind. People are complaining of no work life balance and poor job and life satisfaction.
Ecotherapy is a very effective way to maintain a healthy balance between our mind and body. It helps in reconnecting an individual with nature and enhances their sense of well being. Eco therapy involves taking a walk , or going for a run, gardening, cycling, creating art in nature, or writing poetry while being surrounded by trees, with a therapist, sitting under a tree while listening to the chirping of birds and seeing the sun go down. It helps in improving a person’s self esteem, and lower the feelings of stress, anger, anxiety and depression.
Digital detox and 60 minutes of exercise every day helps in improving a person’s mood.
Any form of workout releases endorphins in the brain which makes us feel happy and eases out the stress. Regular exercise also helps in fighting insomnia, improves self confidence and keeps the negative feelings away. Daily exercise should become a ritual and a lifestyle for us to keep sane in this age of madness.
I usually combine ecotherapy sessions with cognitive behavior therapy which aims at cognitive restructuring and helps clients to let go of the feelings of worthlessness and helps in improving their mental health. My clients tend to love the ecotherapy sessions that I conduct with them. It gives them a boost of well being as well as an awakening experience.
My ecotherpy session usually lasts around two hours wherein I plan various activities and conduct the same with my clients, which slows down the normal thought clatter and lead to a calming and mind-quietening effect.
When we don’t spend enough time outdoors, we develop nature-deficit disorder. So the next time you feel depressed, you can reach out to me for an ecotherapy session!