Seeking Happiness and Health in Nature – Using Ecotherapy to Treat Depression

Spending time outdoors amid nature is a great way to unwind. Being in unison with nature comes with a lot of benefits that include happiness, health, and peace of mind. Enjoying the benefits of nature thus also helps keep depression at bay. According to a 2013 study by researchers from the University of Essex, being in the midst of nature helps us fight depression, improve our mental health and well-being.

Known as Green Therapy, or Ecotherapy, nature’s bounty is now even being utilized to cure mental conditions, particularly depression. The study, which was published by the mental health organization Mind, says that taking a walk out in nature is known to reduce depression by 71 percent in people.

How Ecotherapy helps in depression

The researchers conducted the study with two groups – one group was asked to walk in nature, while the controlled group was asked to take a … Read More