Nature and how it benefits our mental health
I incorporate aspects of nature based therapy into my work for clients who want to combine counselling and the positive benefits of connecting with nature. This can be a gentler and more creative approach if traditional face-to-face counselling seems daunting.
Nature based therapy is based on the idea that people are connected to, and impacted by, the natural environment. It is an umbrella term for nature-based approaches to healing and, therefore, the types of interventions used by therapists are many.
With open fields on the doorstep, and woodland walks just a few minutes away, a nature therapy walk, or a guided Mindfulness walking meditation or working creatively indoors with natural objects are just a few of the many ways of making full use of the healing benefits of the natural world.
'You didn't come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
You are no stranger here.'
Mind, a UK mental health charity organisation, has carried out several studies into the benefits of a nature based and outdoor therapies.
" When you are in nature ... your mind is free of the daily stresses and you can
spend your time being in the moment instead."
And you don't need to be outdoors to benefit from the healing power of nature, it can be felt indoors as well:
"It is hard to explain the power of nature in relieving both my physical and
mental stress ... There is little more relaxing then sitting with a cup of tea looking at a hill through a window and hearing the nearby stream trickle away. There is something about the quiet calm of nature that is contagious, leaving a quiet calm in my mind."
Quotes taken from the Mind website from people who took part in nature based activities. For further information: www.mind.org.uk