Do you reach for your gardening tools after a particularly long and stressful workweek? Does digging in the soil help you feel happy and relaxed? Have you found a great sense of fulfilment in watching the fruits of your labor thrive? If so, you may be experiencing the benefits of ecotherapy, also called nature therapy or green therapy.
Ecotherapy refers to the practice of spending time in nature to build a connection with our world and to reflect on our relationship with the earth and its systems. Developing a connection with nature has been known to be beneficial for our health and well-being for millennia, and extensive research shows that interactions with nature allow people to live longer and happier lives.
Spending time in nature helps children become more active, engaged, and connected to their community. Among both children and adults, nature therapy encourages higher self-esteem, improved moods and enthusiasm for learning, and makes you more resilient to stress. Researchers are even focusing on ecotherapy techniques for helping people manage the psychological turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting crises.
Chances are, most people aren’t familiar with the science of ecotherapy and they garden for other reasons. So why do people garden? People who love to garden cite the following reasons for their passion:
If you are interested in taking full advantage of the numerous benefits ecotherapy has to offer, contact Harvest by Hillwood in Northlake/Argyle, TX today. Our master-planned community is an agrihood tailor-made for those who value a farm-to-table lifestyle and want to grow their own fresh produce through sustainable and community-oriented methods. Take a virtual tour, come by for a visit, or contact Harvest today to see our new construction homes and to learn more about our award-winning community!