Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor
& Holistic and Integrative Medicine
located in Cypress, TX
Accumulating research proves what we’ve known all along: Quiet time in nature makes you feel refreshed and relaxed. That’s why ecotherapy aims to take advantage of these physical and mental health benefits. In fact, it is an integral part of Dr. Borislava Johnson’s holistic practice at Natural Remedes. So, instead of getting a prescription for pharmaceuticals, you will get a prescription to head outdoors. Learn more about nature therapy in the Cypress and Northwest Houston, Texas, by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Johnson.
WHAT IS ECOTHERAPY?
Ecotherapy is the practice of spending time in nature for its therapeutic benefits.
Exposure to natural sunlight and beautiful landscapes provides several mental and physical benefits. Ecotherapy incorporates mindfulness and physical activity to boost those benefits.
Dr. Johnson prescribes nature therapy as part of your overall health betterment plan. Everyone can benefit from nature therapy, but people with specific mental health issues may see the biggest improvement.
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What Are the Medical Benefits of Ecotherapy?
On a biological scale, we have lived in cities for a very short time. That’s why our brains are still wired to life in nature and why disconnecting from the environment could increase your risk of anxiety, depression, poor mood, and loneliness.
Ecotherapy helps establish our desired patterns, providing mental and physical benefits. Research suggests that ecotherapy:
- Eases anxiety, depression, and seasonal affective disorder
- Lowers cortisol levels, heart rate, and blood pressure
- Decreases fatigue after breast cancer surgery
- Improves diabetes symptoms
- Improves fibromyalgia symptoms
- Boosts post-surgery recovery
- Enhances self-esteem
Calm, refreshing natural landscapes allow people to reconnect with the environment, awaking their primal instincts. Nature exposure simply provides relief from the stresses of modern life. It enables you to slow down and rebalance, which recharges your batteries. Things like chirping birds, flowing streams, green pastures, and natural sunlight can improve your mood and increase your perceived quality of life.
How Do I Practice Ecotherapy?
Practicing ecotherapy is simple – the basic principle is to spend time outdoors and unwind. You can sit in a green backyard, go hiking, walk in the park, visit a botanical garden, or rest under a tree.
Ecotherapy also refers to enriching your living environment with some natural elements. For example, research in ecotherapy explores how natural fruit fragrances, indoor plants, nature photography, well-lit rooms, guided nature imagery, and window views create positive effects even when you can’t go outside.
Here are some more ideas on how you can experience the full benefits of nature:
- Outdoor exercise
- Nature meditation
- Forest bathing
- Animal therapy
- Light therapy
Dr. Johnson can help you develop an ecotherapy regimen you can incorporate into your lifestyle to reconnect with nature and regain balance. You can set up an appointment by calling 832-588-8863 or click this link to schedule an appointment.