Stress and “Ecotherapy”

Just what the doctor ordered, a walk through nature. Maybe this is the prescription that the patient needed all along! The instructions say to “take a hike.”

It goes by many names: ecotherapy, ecopsychology, green therapy, nature therapy, or earth-centered therapy.

Regardless, it helps to disconnect with the modern urban world and reconnect with the soil beneath our feet.

The study of ecotherapy dates back to 1992, when Theodore Roszak coined the term in his book, The Voice of the Earth.

Simply put, the more time we spend outdoors, the more our awareness increases. Stress decreases and our connection to the earth improves dramatically. Mood and self-esteem is magnified when we go out into the sunlight.

Everything is connected so we must appreciate it.

I enjoy practicing my film-making skills when out in the field. Over time I have produced and edited several short visual pieces that I have titled “Nature Blips.”

Generally less than two minutes long, these generally single-frame videos are a way for viewers to soak in the sights and sounds we often gloss over. Shortened down to be brief but powerful none the less. In a way these are like my eco-therapy expressed in a motion picture.

I’d recommend grabbing a nice pair of headphones and putting these videos on full screen. Hopefully you can feel the essence of being there as I did in the moment. Enjoy the playlist!

Feel any better? I sure hope so!

Is there a particular spot that you enjoy going to to de-stress? Chime in down below or send me an email.

Happy trails!

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