Eco Therapy Nature Bathing for stress relief Shinrin Yoku Feeling a little run down? Feeling like work, personal relationships, day to day pressures are all squishing your brain and making the vein on your forehead pulse just a little too hard? Ecotherapy could be the solution for you. The term is used to describe many different therapies, activities and treatments programs that are based outside, in nature. It is actively endorsed by UK charity MIND and even the Japanese and Korean governments where it is labeled ‘forest bathing’ or Shinrin Yoku. What is ecotherapy? It is thought that making a connection with nature in this way has several crucial health benefits. After all, we are all deeply connected with nature and getting outside in the elements is the most simple way of connecting with our earliest needs, desires, and distractions. It’s suggested to help with mental health issues like anxiety and depression; while it can also help to prevent future episodes of those issues occurring. Ecotherapy could be something as simple as taking a walk in the local park and letting the sunshine warm your face, or it could be something as extensive as den making and outdoor craft courses. Even psychologists are being taught ecotherapy practices now as a useful supplement to talking therapies.