Take action! Try these 5 mood boosting ecotherapy activities
I talked about the power of Ecotherapy over here in a previous post. Today I thought I would go through some ideas for mood boosting ecotherapy activities you can do alone or with others where you will reap the benefits of mother nature’s power. Just a short amount of time when ever you can fit it into your routine will help lift your mood. Keep practicing these green therapy techniques like this and over time you may see vast improvements to your wellbeing and outlook on life.
So here we go people, why not try some of these green therapy ideas ….
Taking in a view. Next time your out walking or even driving and you see a great view stop and look. Obviously if your driving then you will need to pull over for this . Look closely , what can you see. Try and spot details, buildings unusual shaped trees. Breathe in the moment and the stillness of it all. Being aware of your surroundings will create a mindful moment. Take this time to feel really present and grounded.
Go outside and lay down on the grass. This is a good one for the kids to join in with. We spend so much time looking at the ground that we forget about the beautiful skies above, which can look like a whole new world in itself. What can you see? Are the clouds moving in the wind ? Are there any shapes you can make out from the clouds ? Really take the time to feel your body connected to the ground. This activity can help you to feel grounded and put you and your presence into perspective against the vast world beyond your own environment. Enjoy a few moments with your head in the clouds.
I’m sure you all know the power of a good walk but there is no harm in reminding you. If you are lucky enough to live near a park or countryside then fab. If not a great activity is to take the time to look for nature on your walk. Spot birds, count butterflies, take note of beautiful flowers you see. Be mindful of your surroundings and you will be surprised at what you will see that you may normally miss. Connecting with nature this way helps to keep you in the present moment. Being mindful is vital to our mental health.
Go to the woods. Quite simply there is nothing like it. Surrounded by nature in a 360* is Ecotherapy at its best. Breathe in that moment and truly feel the energy that surrounds you. Connecting with something so much bigger than ourselves helps us to feel grounded. Out in the woods you really are away from the hustle and bustle of life. Let your inner child come out to play, climb trees, collect leaves, acorns etc. Immerse yourself in nature’s magic and tell me that you don’t feel better for it ! I bet you can’t, this is green therapy at it’s best!
Listen to water
Find a stream and sit a while. Close your eyes and listen to its soothing sounds. It can literally wash away any troubles even if it’s just for a moment or two. If you don’t have a stream nearby, download a nature sounds app. They are great to play when you have 5 minutes, or even whilst in the bath. We owe it to our mental well-being to seek out these precious moments. Where we listen to our surroundings instead of negative thoughts and mental chatter for five minutes.
I know for some of you, looking at this list may make you think “what’s this going to do for me”? “What rubbish , this won’t stop my depression…….anxiety………stress”
Taking care of our mental health and wellbeing is a daily work in process. Some days are good, some ok and some are really shit. The duvet day when you just can’t face life. That’s ok. Together we will keep talking and listening to each other. It takes time to develop positive habits. You will not change your life straight away, but you will be on the right path to making a positive step forward.
But if you are having an ok day and you can step outside, just humour me and have a go at one of the above, just for 5 minutes it might help. I promise.
Let me know how you get on with these mood boosting ecotherapy activities in the comments below and if any of you have any other suggestions please say.