Why Nature Therapy and How Does it Help?

More and more research suggests that spending time in natural environments can be linked to mental health benefits.

For example, being in a green space has been linked to less anxiety, fewer depression symptoms, and lower stress levels. Spending time in nature helps people with depression and/or attention problems think more clearly.

“One of the top benefits that we address are for people who are trying to reduce anxiety or depression and increase relationship and connection,” Lung says. “I also think it’s super engaging, so for kids and teenagers ... [and] for people who are reluctant to be in therapy.”

Patricia Hasbach, PhD, a licensed professional counselor and clinical psychotherapist, is another expert in ecotherapy. She’s also co-director of the ecopsychology program at Lewis & Clark College.


Researchers have studied nature’s healing effects in a number of areas, including:


  • ADHD
  • Dementia
  • Lessened pain
  • Lowered stress
  • Medical recovery
  • Mood modification
  • Obesity
  • PTSD

Don’t just imagine the possibilities. Let’s get outside!


{Source: Madeline Laguaite}

Medically Reviewed. (Brunilda Navario, MD)



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