Where ecotherapy &
nature take on mental health
Hi I’m Becky, a nature lover with a passion for the outdoors and gardening. I also suffer from depression and have a passion for the relationship between mental health and nature.
I believe that ecotherapy activities / green therapy can work wonders for mental health and wellbeing. Here at Gardening Love I hope to bring like-minded people together. Those who enjoy being in nature and are interested in the health benefits of ecotherapy.
The power of green therapy
My father introduced me to the importance of nature. He would take me off on adventures across the Yorkshire moors, through fields and woodland. He taught me to stop and take a moment to see the beauty that surrounded us.
I am very grateful to my dad for this valuable lesson because it has helped me over the years, particularly in adulthood. I have turned to nature on many occasions for peace, comfort and sometimes guidance throughout my adult years.
Exploring the relationship between mental health and nature
Now as a mother myself, I try to teach my sons the importance of the world around them. For instance to stop and take a moment to smell a flower, or to watch the birds eat in our garden. Encouraging them to plant seeds and watch them grow.
For me my back garden is my little piece of heaven. Unlike some of the larger gardens out there, in contrast our garden is fairly small. However it does the job and we are grateful for the garden space that we have.
To be a gardener you don’t need vast amounts of land and tons of knowledge on plants and soil. If all you have is a window box and you plant one seed, the desire to connect with nature and care for that seed makes you a gardener.
What can you find at Gardening Love?
You will find blog posts and articles covering the topics of; mental health, encouraging open and honest discussion about mental illness. Fighting to break down the mental health stigma so that we can treat mental health as we would, any other aspect of our self-care and wellness.
Lifestyle posts to inspire wellness and a positive mental attitude towards life! Looking at how we can make simple but effective changes to our daily lives so that with practice and patience we are able to try to live our best lives possible.
Last but not least, my beloved ecotherapy. Harnessing the power of nature to make huge benefits to our overall health and wellness. Gardening, walking in the woods, caring for plants and noticing the beauty of the world around us are all ways in which ecotherapy plays a part in our lives.
Let us break the taboos surrounding mental health by talking openly and honestly about our minds. Lets look after ourselves and care for one another.
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