• Vitamin D
Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin and helps you absorb calcium and strengthens your bones. Although we should get vitamin D from the sun, most of us don’t. With family lives, career demands and new anti-aging skin care products that act as a sunblock it is no surprise that recent reports suggest nearly 70% of the US is vitamin D deficient.
A key benefit of ecotherapy is the fact you are outside absorbing vitamin D. You can find out how long you need to be in the sun for vitamin D in this handy article from The Vitamin D Council.
• It Helps You Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the act of ‘being in the moment’. Not worrying about the past or the future, or even the present but rather, simply being in the present. When being truly in the moment you’re not crushed by the expectations or pressures of future or past events, reducing stress, anxiety and negative feelings.
A really good way to practice mindfulness is to be outdoors. You’re outside focusing on the trees, the animals, the insects, the weather – there’s a lot to bring you into the present moment.
If you want to understand more about mindfulness, begin by reading or listening to ‘The Power Of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. You will find the more you understand how it works, the more you will want to practice and become better at it.
• It Builds Your Connection With Nature
Modern technologies have us completely removed from where we came from nature. We’re all so obsessed with scrolling and swiping, liking and tweeting we have become disconnected from the very basics of our origins.
Ecotherapy helps us re-establish our connection with nature by immersing us in it. Amongst the trees, with our feet on the ground, fingers running across the grass, bark or even dipped into a cool spring. Turning your phone off and paying attention to the wonder of nature is basic, but extremely effective therapy.