October 10, 2013

If it gets you outside more, maybe it can!

Taken from an article on WebMD, below are some reasons that might point to that being a fact!

“Many health care researchers and practitioners say that ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) — a term coined by pastoral counselor Howard Clinebell in his 1996 book of the same name — can have regenerative powers, improving mood and easing anxiety, stress, and depression.But that’s not all. Health care providers are also giving their patients “nature prescriptions” to help treat a variety of medical conditions, from post-cancer fatigue to obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Scientists have long known that sunlight can ease depression, especially seasonal affective disorder (SAD). New research is expanding those findings. A 2007 study from the University of Essex in the U.K., for example, found that a walk in the country reduces depression in 71% of participants. The researchers found that as little as five minutes in a natural setting, whether walking in a park or gardening in the backyard, improves mood, self-esteem, and motivation.”  (WebMD)

The fact is, we all need to slow down and take the time to enjoy the simple things in life.  Rest and relaxation is an important part of life, and we rarely take the time to do it.  Get outside for a while to unwind, and get your daily dose of Vitamin D while your at it.  Let us help you make your yard a place to relax and enjoy nature, and improve your health as a result!