It's time to get outdoors.
The sun is shining and the days are longer.
So why stay indoors?
By 2020 it is estimated that depression will be the second largest illness in this country.
There are so main causes of depression ;conflict, illness, grief just to name a few.
The charity Mind published a report 'Feel Better Outside, Feel Better Inside'
The report is an amazing read and so mind awakening.
To improve of inner being we need to take stock of how we are choosing to live our life.
It is so easy to get caught up in high speed living and to become blind to what is around you, to lose sense of the natural beauty that is around us, to forget the feel of rain on your face and the smell of nature.
So how can we improve our mental state of mind and remove some stress and anxiety caused by 21st century living?
Ecotherapy has been proven to improve mental health, boost self esteem, help people with mental health problems return to work, improve physical health, and reduce social isolation.
Health practitioners are beginning to prescription 'outdoor' treatment, for symptoms such as SAD, stress and anxiety.
Regular time outdoors has been found to improve symptoms of ADHD in children.
Research shows that 70% of adults who participate in some form of outdoor activity are less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness.
I hope that more doctors and health workers look towards alternative treatments before prescribing pills and tablets. I hope that more groups who would with people with mental health issues continue to see the benefits of being outdoors. I hope that children are allowed to play in the green spaces and enjoy family walks.
accessthedales supports green therapy.