Step outside! At least, that’s how some fields of science are describing the healing power of nature, a new discipline known as forest medicine or “green healing.”
Research reveals that some of the most effective strategies for depression and stress require little expenditure other than time, and are as easy to access as a walk in the park. Stimuli such as nature sounds and pine scents – coined as “ecotherapy” – reportedly decrease anxiety and depression, improve self-esteem and social connection. And, for some patients can result in a decrease in medication usage.