Ecotherapy and Social Prescribing for Better Mental Health — Wake Up World – February 28th, 2020

By Nikki Harper

Staff Writer for Wake Up World

How many times have you noticed that your mood improves when you’re outdoors, surrounded by nature? How often have you wrestled with a difficult issue, only to find that the pieces seem to fall into place while you’re taking a walk or sitting on a beach? Many of us instinctively know, and can back up from experience, that being out in nature is good for our mental health. As awareness grows of the need for holistic health solutions, it seems that the medical and scientific establishments are also catching up with what we’ve known all of our lives: interaction with the natural world is good for you. →

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Time Spent In Nature Will Save $6 Trillion Globally In Mental Health Care Costs, Claim Australian Researchers — Collective Evolution – February 2, 2020

(Collective-Evolution)  Are you stressed, frustrated, feeling down, anxious, having a hard time sleeping? Then look no further, the remedy you’ve been awaiting is here to soothe and comfort you, to bring relief, calmness, and happiness. And the best part? It’s absolutely free and available to all whenever you want it. If you didn’t already know, or just need a refresher, I’m talking about the great outdoors. Here is a new study that has actually put a dollar value on the improvement in well-being simply from visiting the park. →

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Nature therapy as a lifestyle intervention offers many benefits — NaturalNews.com – October 15, 2019

(Natural News)  People may improve their well-being by exposing themselves to natural settings for extended periods. Such a beneficial lifestyle intervention falls under the green umbrella of nature therapy.
A recently established field of medicine, nature therapy prescribes interventions based on increasing a patient’s exposure to natural environments like forests. Also called “green medicine,” its sub-disciplines include: →

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Scottish Doctors Are Now Prescribing Hikes & Time Outdoors For Their Patients — Collective Evolution – December 3, 2018

It was so great to find out that doctors in Scotland are actually prescribing hiking as a form of medication, something that will not put money into the medical industry and into the doctors pocket. It’s a prescription based on the health and well-being of the patient, recognizing that medication can often be a harmful option……Read more

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